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Michael Wood Biography
For more than 20 years, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood has made compelling journeys into the past, which have brought history alive for a generation of readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history including In Search of the Dark Ages, The Domesday Quest, in Search of England and In Search of Shakespeare. He has over 80 documentary films to his name, among them Art of the Western World, Legacy, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors and In Search of Myths and Heroes. His most recent work is the epic 6 part television series The Story of India which aired on BBC2 in August 2007.
Michael was born in Manchester and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford, where he did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
India—An Epic Journey Across the Subcontinent
In this lavishly illustrated companion to his BBC TV series, Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.
From the Khyber Pass and the Himalayas to the tropical jungles of India's Deep South, this original and striking survey of Indian history provides vivid portraits of India's regions and cultures, and new insights into some of history's greatest figures: the Buddha and Ashoka, Samudragupta and Akbar the Great, Nehru and Gandhi. It explores the ways in which Indian ideas and inventions have shaped the history of the world, and shows how some of ancient India's conclusions about the nature of civilization have lost none of their relevance for our own times.
About Maya Vision International
Maya Vision International is a London-based independent film and television production company, founded in 1983. Specializing in producing original, landmark documentaries, Maya Vision has developed a unique style, making some of the world's greatest stories accessible to a wider public. In particular, they have been widely praised for combing accurate historical research with visually arresting and genuinely intriguing television. Their international documentary series, often filmed in remote, developing and sometimes hostile countries throughout the world, reflect their innovative and creative approach to production.
Rebecca Dobbs is the CEO and founder member of Maya Vision. She has produced much of Maya Vision's output with Michael Wood and many other film-makers. The Maya Vision team includes Sally Thomas, who has the unenviable task of ensuring the smooth running of the operation that is Maya Vision International and John Cranmer, their resident graphics and computer supremo.