Professor Michael H. Fisher, Ph.D.

Professor Michael H. Fisher
  • Oberlin College
  • University of Chicago
Understanding the long history of the people and cultures of the Indian subcontinent from their origins to the present, we can better appreciate all these developing patterns and the major reasons for them.

Dr. Michael H. Fisher is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History at Oberlin College, where he offers a range of courses on the history of South Asia, the environmental history of the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Mahatma Gandhi, and early travel narratives about India. He earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. in History with a concentration on South Asia from the University of Chicago. He also holds a B.A. in English from Trinity College.

Professor Fisher has published 12 books and more than 50 articles on aspects of Indian history. His special interests include the interactions between Indians and Europeans, both in India and in Europe, from the 16th century onward. His books include biographies of Indian settlers and visitors to Britain and histories of the British Empire as it originated and developed in India. His most recent book is A Short History of the Mughal Empire.

Since 1971, Professor Fisher has lived, researched, and taught for long periods in India, with briefer trips to Pakistan and Bangladesh. He has been a visiting faculty fellow at the University of Delhi, University of Hyderabad, University of Allahabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, and the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Professor Fisher has also served on the major committees of the American Historical Association and the American Institute of Indian Studies, among others.

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  1. A History of India

    A History of India

    Michael H. Fisher
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    Starting at £54.99 Starting at £54.99 £79.99 £54.99£79.99
    Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of cultures, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a hub for trade and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20% of the world’s population and is an economic powerhouse. Go inside this thrilling story with A History of India, a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies through the challenges of the 21st century.
  2. (Set) A History Of India & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History Set

    (Set) A History Of India & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £149.98 £64.98£149.98
    South Asia and Middle East are critically important areas of our world. With this two-course set, you can explore the past, the present, and the most significant turning points. Discover one of the world’s most important clusters of civilizations with A History of India. Then, probe the complex civilizations of the Middle East with Turning Points in Middle Eastern History.
  3. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & A History of India Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & A History of India

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    Delve into the rich and nuanced histories of two influential cultures with this two-course set. Discover the breathtaking story of China’s empire through the eyes of poets, courtiers, emperors, scholars, travelers, and courtesans in Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. And, take a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies along the Indus and Ganges rivers through the...
  4. (Set) A History Of India & Understanding Japan Set

    (Set) A History Of India & Understanding Japan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    Travel across the East with this amazing two-course set. First, dive into the fascinating and grand past of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and explore the rich tapestry of peoples and nations in A History of India. Then take an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and society in Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.
  5. (Set) A History Of India & Rise and Fall of the British Empire Set

    (Set) A History Of India & Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £149.98 £64.98£149.98
    Delve into both sides of the legacy of British colonialism—one of the few governments that ever unified the South Asian subcontinent—with this two-course set. Start with A History of India to explore the rich tapestry of its cultures, and witness the fight for independence from European powers. Then discover how Britain's history helped shape the world as we know it with Rise and Fall of the British Empire.
  6. (Set) A History Of India & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) A History Of India & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £69.98 Starting at £69.98 £167.98 £69.98£167.98
    Prepare for an epic journey and get a more nuanced picture of world history with this two-course set. Start with a breathtaking survey of South Asia’s peoples and cultures in A History of India. Then explore the big accomplishments of Eastern civilization with Foundations of Eastern Civilization.
  7. (Set) A History of British India & A History of India Set

    (Set) A History of British India & A History of India

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    This two-course set takes you an unforgettable journey through one of the most fascinating regions in the world: India. Start with a panoramic excursion into the history of British rule of the subcontinent with A History of British India. Then, step back to take a bigger look at the region as a whole with a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies in A History of India.
  8. (Set) A History Of India & Maya to Aztec Set

    (Set) A History Of India & Maya to Aztec

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £69.98 Starting at £69.98 £167.98 £69.98£167.98
    The ancient civilizations of the world were far more advanced than they often receive credit for. This two-course set delves into some of the most amazing contributions from the East and West. Start with an exploration of the epic scope of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh’s past with A History of India. Then cover the full extent of Mesoamerican history and culture in Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed.
  9. (Set) The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age & A History of India Set

    (Set) The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age & A History of India

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    Over the past 5,000 years, the Middle East and India have been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Examine these fascinating regions with this two-course set. Start by unpacking the often-overlooked story of the Abbasid Empire with The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age. Then, take a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies through the modern challenges of the 21st...