The Story of India

The Story of India

DVD - 2008
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Historian Michael Wood chronicles the history of the Indian subcontinent, focusing especially on the diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes. The world's largest democracy and a rising economic giant, India is now as well known across the globe for its mastery of computer technology as it is for its many-armed gods and its famous spiritual traditions. But India is also the world's most ancient surviving civilization, with unbroken continuity back into prehistory. India's history is a ten thousand year epic but for over two millennia, India has been at the center of world history: birthplace of two world religions, home of an extraordinary spectrum of music, dance, literature, science, mathematics, economics, and a revolutionary idea whose power has yet to diminish. It has seen successive invasions from Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to Tamburlaine and the British, all of whom left their mark but all of whom succumbed--in the end--to India herself.
Publisher: [London] : Maya Vision International : [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, [2008], ©2008
Edition: Widescreen edition
ISBN: 9780793670154
Branch Call Number: 9.54 St
Description: 2 videodiscs (330 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Not rated

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Feb 26, 2016

A very in-depth history of India.

Jan 16, 2016

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen on India. Michael Wood does an excellent job as narrater & the photography is excellent.

Apr 03, 2015

Anything Michael Wood produces is excellent.

kevfarley Jan 02, 2014

Very long,... and very well done ! And even better if you see the documentary "Ganges" beforhand.

Aug 20, 2012

Wood deals so often with Pakistan, and implicitly with Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, calling this the "Story of India" is misleading. Wood does a good job of personalizing South Asian history and showing the connection of even deep history to modern life. He also spends a lot of time in southern India - he even starts the whole series in Kerala, breaking from the common tendency of treating southern India as an afterthought.

That said, there are errors. Some are obvious, like writing "Tamil Nadu" over Sri Lanka in a map. Other errors are pointless, like repeating a now long-refuted theory that proto-Indo European started in what is now Turkey.

Another problem, though clearly really a history of South Asia as a whole, Wood barely mentions Bangladesh - in part because the last episode really needed to be two, one on the British Raj, one on post-independence.

This is not an academic history of India, by any means. But it is often very enjoyable, with some beautiful shots.

Dec 03, 2011

Okay, but slow moving. Could have been shorter; it really drags and seems redundant in places. The presenter said there are 330 gods in India; well, I think he went to every local festival for each of them! Boring.

Oct 26, 2010

This is worth your time to watch this Video, it's thoroughly cover India from the beginning of civilization to today in which it mentions most about how Buddhism started and spreading out world wide. I recommend this video to all people. It is the best.

Oct 09, 2010

This is very well done. It presents a cultural and historical profile of India. The narrator, Michael Wood keeps it interesting and dynamic.


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