The Story of India

The Story of India

DVD - 2008
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Historian Michael Wood chronicles the history of the Indian subcontinent, the richness and diversity of its peoples, and its continuing relevance in today's world.
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2008.
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ISBN: 9780793670154
0793670152
Call Number: 954.04 STORY
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Nonfiction films.
Documentary television programs.
Historical television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
India -- Social life and customs.
India -- Description and travel.
India -- Civilization.
India -- History.
Digital video disc.
DVD.
Democracy -- Developing countries.

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KatherineHere
Feb 26, 2016

A very in-depth history of India.

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carol507
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.

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IV27HUjg
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.

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ReidCooper
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.

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catslib
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.

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kinhyeumai
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.

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becker
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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