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The Story of India

The Story of India is a BBC documentary series presented by Michael Wood, exploring the 10,000-year history of the Indian subcontinent. The series consists of six episodes, each of which deals with a different period of Indian history featuring important events of the period: the first episode "Beginnings" traces the richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes; the second episode "The Power of Ideas" looks at the power of ideas of Indian history, including Buddhism; the third episode "Spice Routes and Silk Roads" focuses on India's trading with other countries in the early centuries CE; the fourth episode "Ages of Gold" features the amazing achievements of the country's golden age, including the discovery of zero; the fifth episode "The meeting of Two Oceans" charts the coming of Islam to the subcontinent; and the sixth and final episode "Freedom and Liberation" examines the British Raj and India's struggle for freedom.

Episode 1 - Beginnings
Michael Wood travels throughout the subcontinent, tracing the richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes.

Episode 2 - The Power of Ideas
In this episode, Michael Wood looks at the power of ideas of Indian history; religious ideas like Buddhism, the influence of Alexander the Great's invasion of India, and the rule of the emperor Ashoka.

Episode 3 - Spice Routes and Silk Roads
In this episode, Michael Wood traces India in the early centuries CE, the time of the Roman Empire in the west, focusing on India's trading with other countries.

Episode 4 - Ages of Gold
This episode tells the story of India in the Middle Ages, featuring the amazing achievements of the country's golden age, including the discovery of zero and the calculation of the Earth's circumference.

Episode 5 - The meeting of Two Oceans
This episode charts the coming of Islam to the subcontinent and one of the greatest ages of world civilisation: the Mughals.

Episode 6 - Freedom and Liberation
This episode examines the British Raj and India's struggle for freedom.


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