Earlier History of India and Central Asia
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Course title in Estonian
India ja Kesk-Aasia vanem ajalugu
Course title in English
Earlier History of India and Central Asia
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Course aims
The course aims to provide an overview of the history of Central Asia and the India, historical and cultural connections between the regions before 2/3 centuries AD.
Brief description of the course
Lectures deal with Central Asian and Indian history, culture, and political relations before the beginning of the Common Era and turn of the Millennium:
Archaeological cultures in India (9000-3000 BC)
Indus culture (3500-1500 BC)
Post-Indus archaeological cultures (2000/1700-500 BC)
Indo-Aryan migration (1800-1300 BC)
Vedic era in India (1500/1200-600/500 BC)
The historical Buddha (6th-5th century BC)
The rise of Magadha empire (7th-4th century BC)
Achaemenid dynasty in Persia (6th-4th century BC)
Alexander the Great in the east (334th-324th AD.)
Seleucid dynasty (4th-1st century BC)
Maurya dynasty in India (4th-2nd century BC)
Greco-Bactrian state (3rd-2nd century BC)
Sunga Dynasty in the Ganges River Valley (2nd-1st century BC)
Parthian empire (3rd century BC-3rd century AD)
Sātavāhana dynasty of Central India (3rd century BC-3rd century AD)
Saka Migrations (1st century BC-2nd century AD)
Kushan Empire (1st century BC-3rd century AD)
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has knowledge of the history of Central Asia/India before 2./3 centuries AD;
- has the ability to analyze the processes of early history of India;
- has the ability to compare the older Indian history with other ancient histories of the Asian region.
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