A History of India : The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

  • von The Great Courses, Michael H. Fisher
  • Sprecher: Professor Michael H. Fisher
  • Serie: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • 18 Std. 28 Min.
  • Vortrag


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:

Meet the many religious communities that have coexisted in India, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians
Delve into the legacies of the Mauryan Empire, the Mughal Empire, and British colonialism - three of the few governments that ever unified the subcontinent
Witness the fight for independence from European powers and the partition of the region into the countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in the 20th century
Consider the challenges and opportunities faced by this area today, from expanding urbanization to the vast need for energy sources to the ongoing heated debates about national identity

Professor Fisher, who has traveled and taught in South Asia for decades, reveals this complex narrative with skill and compelling insights.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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More anecdotes than history

This is not a bad lecture per se, but I was looking forward to learning about Indian history. These lectures don't give an organised history that would allow one to place the interactions of the nations and peoples of India in tight historical timeline, but is more of an introduction into Indian culture with many lectures about cultural developments, literature and th lives of specific men. I was especially disappointed to see that the history of pre-Mugal India was bit like trying to tell the history of Europe until the Middle Ages by discussing the Illiad and Bible. Also, one gets the distinct impression that in the lecturer's opinion, Indian leaders throughout history have not made any blunders or mistakes at all, but were all very loveable and competent. I think I did learn quite something about India and its culture, but I really expected more from these lectures.
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- Christian Esch

Meandering history performed by halting speaker

Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

Yes and no. I've started and stopped it several times because it's dull.

Falls Sie schon andere Titel von The Great Courses angehört haben: Wie würden Sie diese dazu vergleichen?

Less interesting than most.

Welche drei Worte würden Ihrer Meinung nach die Stimme von Professor Michael H. Fisher am besten beschreiben?

He's a terrible public speaker who constantly stumbles over his own words. His pauses are unpredictable, off-putting and destructive of his instructive purpose.

War es für Sie die Zeit wert, sich A History of India anzuhören?

I regret buying this.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

If oral performance is no obstacle for you, and you're fascinated by Indian history, then download this. If you're a casual listener who isn't interested in paying good money to hear a clumsy, awkward speaker stumble over his own lecture notes, move along.

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- JohnDoeJohn

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 12.05.2016
  • Verlag: The Great Courses