Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.
Go inside this thrilling story with A History of India, a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies along the Indus and Ganges rivers through the modern challenges of the 21st century. These 36 sweeping lectures enable you to understand the epic scope of the subcontinent's history. Perhaps the most important facet of this history is how diverse the region truly is. Roughly the size of continental Europe, India - along with its neighbors, Pakistan and Bangladesh - contains a myriad of ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes, religions, and cultural mores.
In this wide-ranging investigation, you'll:
Professor Fisher, who has traveled and taught in South Asia for decades, reveals this complex narrative with skill and compelling insights.
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this excellent lecture series. It is very clear from the outset that Professor Michael H. Fisher speaks with a wealth of personal experience and his knowledge about the history and development of this vast country is second-to-none.
There are 36 lectures in total, each one logically flows one after the other, and is packed full of fascinating details, vivid descriptions, anecdotes and biographical notes about key events and people that helped influence the country. No stone is left unturned and some very difficult subject matter (e.g socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, religious, environmental and political aspects) are expertly and sensitively covered.
In fact, I would love to hear a similar account of other SE Asian neighbouring countries such as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka.
A joy to listen to and a wonderful addition to my audiobook library indeed!
17th Century Heretic
Prof. Fisher has a pleasant voice and style of delivery. Clearly he knows his subject inside out and India seems very dear to him. But. The lectures themselves consist principally of painstaking detail that forms a rather monotonous picture. Infact a few real pictures of what he's describing would liven things up. These lectures could well serve as a useful revision on various aspects of India to someone already familiar with what should be a fascinating subject. Yes, don't think I'll get much further with this series. At least for now. Sorry Prof.
"Quite Good & Much Interesting information"
took a bit to get used to his accent or way of talking...as he sounds a little like Bill Gates . However the professor obviously is quite knowledgeable of India and related quite well much interesting information about India .
I don't think I could do it all in one sitting...it takes time to understand fully what has been related.
Highly Recommend if are interested in India and general World History!
"Ok, but not great."
With such a rich and fascinating history, I was expecting a captivating experience with more compelling story telling.
This is definitely one of the best courses in the Great Courses series. Very informative, engaging and well laid out. I highly recommend this. I am actually really sad that it's over.
"More like a book than a college course"
The content is great, thorough, and balanced. If it were a book, a professional reader would have done a bit better job. If I had purchased a book, I would be very happy with it.
"Brief history of India"
Could be told in a more exciting manner. At times it gets tedious. But the story itself is fascinating
Seemingly knowledgeable lecturer. Too much emphasis 20th century, not enough on ancient history. Horrible recording quality - I don't expect crystal clear sound from a Great Courses lecture, but this sounds like it was recorded on an antique Dictaphone in someone's bathroom.
"good overview of India's history ever since"
I learned a lot and will understand the subcontinent better. Not the most interesting story teller but worth's it for sure
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