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Indian history reveals more ancient civilisations

How far back in time does our knowledge of Indian civilisation extend? In this clip we investigate the Vedic civilisation, which emerged around 1500 BCE, and then turn to the much earlier Indus Valley civilisation. The Mauryan Empire of Chandragupta, Bindusara and Ashoka, by comparison, arose in the fourth century BCE. ...

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Holi, a festival of colour

One of the world's brightest festivals is the festival of Holi. Learn about this colourful Hindu celebration and how it is celebrated.

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British India and the 'Great Rebellion'

The resource is about the Indian mutiny or 'Great Rebellion' of 1857 and its effect on imperial British authority. It covers: the mutiny; interpretations of British Indian history before and after the mutiny; British rule and influence in India prior to the uprising; disaffection in some regions of India; and the reforms ...

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Pillar of Ashoka

This resource is about a significant individual in history. It shows a fragment of a pillar built by the Emperor Ashoka in India about 240 BC. On the fragment is part of an inscription that uses a type of writing known as 'Brahmi'. The inscription is by Ashoka. It reads of how the great conquest in life is not over other ...

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Ramayana: an introduction to the great Indian epic

This is a resource that provides detailed information about the epic story Ramayana, with an enlargeable image and hyperlinks to further resources. Below the information there is space for readers to comment and contribute to a discussion about the story. Ramayana is a most important Hindu story from southern and south-eastern ...

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British rule in India

Can one society impose its will on another without unintended and unwanted consequences? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen from the University of NSW discusses changes that British rule created in 19th century India. While some of these changes benefited Indian society, others created lasting ...

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Introduction to Buddhism

This is an audio and multimedia resource that provides an introduction to Buddhism, explaining its key concepts and history. Four additional topics regarding Buddhism are explained through extensive written text within the resource. There are numerous links to related resources that provide additional background to Buddhism, ...

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The First Opium War: the Anglo-Chinese war of 1839-42

This is a collection of online materials about the first example of 'gunboat diplomacy' in Asia: the First Opium War. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor Peter C Perdue and four galleries containing 182 images. Chapters in the essay cover: the opium trade; production and consumption; hostilities; ...

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Zoroastrians (India)

This is a video about the Indian Zoroastrian ritual of disposing of their dead, introduced and narrated by a Zoroastrian studies expert. It includes: a description of the Zoroastrian funerary custom of exposing the dead to the natural elements of sky, sun and birds of prey; the Zoroastrian people in traditional dress, praying ...

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Sites2See – origins of Hinduism

Web page containing links to information about the origins of Hinduism through the Indus Valley civilisation, including archaeological sites at Mohenjodaro and Harrapa. Indo-Aryan migration and the Vedic period are included.

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The Mahabharata

This is the story of The Mahabharata, one of the world’s longest poems that was composed over 2,500 years ago in India. It is a story of family and friends and embodies Hindu mythology and philosophy. The message of the story is that rivalry leads to destruction. The story is 21 web pages long and includes text, illustrations, ...

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The Mongol conquests

This is an illustrated four-part historical account of the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous land empire in history. It includes sections on: factors leading to the Mongol conquests; the role of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan; how a small group of Mongols succeeded in conquering a vast domain; and the ...

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The East India Company

What are the consequences of imperialism? What changes and what remains the same? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen from the University of NSW discusses the growth of British power in India and its effects on both societies.

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Impact of British rule on India

Did the British government consider the economic and cultural interests of the Indian people to be as important as their own at the end of the 19th century? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW discusses the impacts of British rule on India's economy and therefore on ...

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Get to know Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu

Who are the major gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion and what do their followers believe about their nature, power and influence in the world? In this clip from a 1965 'University of the Air' program you will encounter several Hindu gods and goddesses and learn some of the most widely held beliefs about them. This ...

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British imperialism in India

Discover an age in which a few European nations were able to exploit and eventually control large and diverse parts of Asia. How was this possible? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW explains the origins of European imperialism in India and Britain's success in building ...

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Mysteries and marvels of Hinduism

Discover Hinduism, one of the world's most popular religions. Explore Hinduism's ancient origins and its continuing impact on the traditions, beliefs and daily lives of its followers. The majority of people in India and Nepal follow Hinduism. In the early twentieth century that was approximately 900 million people. This ...

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Ganesh, the friendly god

Meet some of the most loved and most feared gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. This clip from a 1965 episode of 'University of the Air' introduces Ganesh, Kali, Durga, Surya and Kubera. This is the third clip in a series of four.

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The Moghul emperors of India

Discover an empire so wealthy that its rulers could construct magnificent palaces with ceilings of silver and jewels set in their walls. In this half-hour video made in 1977, writer and presenter Keith Adam will guide you through the rich history of the last great empire in India before it lost territory to its Hindu neighbours ...

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Ashoka the Great is for real

Imagine the excitement of discovering evidence that a great ancient ruler, whose story was believed to be a legend, was in fact a real historical figure. This clip looks at the Mauryan Empire in ancient India and the reign of Ashoka the Great, one of the most remarkable rulers in world history. This clip is the first in ...