As part of my career as a public policy professional/amateur historian, I teach and host sessions on a wide variety of topics and periods. Here are some examples of my work.
Lectures & Videos
Lectures, talks, and video lessons
Lectures & Talks (2017 - Present)
A Medieval Military Revolution: Vijayanagara, the Sultanates, and the Battle of Talikota
In the early 16th century, the Portuguese viceroy of Goa, Alfonso da Albequrque, wrote to the king of Portugal that the gunpowder weapons of the Deccan were as good as those of Germany and Bohemia. India, it would seem, was a hotbed of innovation in the manufacturing of guns and cannon - a contribution often ignored in global military history. The Deccan Sultanates - Ahmednagar and Bijapur especially - were among the earliest Indian states to adopt gunpowder technology, sparking off an arms race that made this region one of the world's most militarily innovative regions. In this lecture, Anirudh Kanisetti, Associate Fellow at The Takshashila Institution, discusses the strategic and tactical context of interstate competition in the medieval Deccan, the factors leading up to the famous defeat of the Vijayanagara Empire at the Battle of Talikota in 1565, and lessons for Indian strategists today.
Plassey: The battle that changed the course of Indian History
Sudeep Chakravarti in conversation with Anirudh Kanisetti. https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/event/plassey/ The Battle of Plassey, fought on 23 June 1757, changed the course of Indian history forever. When the short, sharp hostilities between the forces of the nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daulah, and East India Company troops led by Robert Clive, an ambitious soldier of fortune, ended, Britain was on its way to becoming the dominant force in the region. The eighteenth century was a time of great political churn in the subcontinent. After the death of Emperor Aurangzeb, the Mughal empire began to slowly fracture. In the east, the nawabs of Bengal, who ruled in the name of the Mughals, took the opportunity to break free. By the middle of the century, Siraj-ud-daulah succeeded his grandfather, Alivardi Khan, to the throne of Bengal. The young nawab clashed frequently with the Company as it looked to aggressively expand and safeguard its interests. Their skirmishes led inexorably to Plassey, a decisive battle in a mango orchard by the banks of the Bhagirathi-Hugli. But what was Plassey all about, besides a young nawab who stood in the way of a company’s business plans and a country’s dreams of conquest? Was it really a battle or was it won before it began? What were the politics of the time that permitted Plassey? Why did the British so desperately want Bengal? Who were the faces beyond a callow Siraj and a crafty Clive, the two main combatants? What are the stories behind the spurned general, the ambitious and hateful aunt, the rude and covetous cousin, the insulted banker, the grasping merchant? And how was—is—Plassey seen? By the victors and the vanquished? The colonizer and the colonized? Why does Plassey remain such a fascinating story even today?
The Mongol Empire - A New World By Anirudh Kanisetti
In this lesson, Anirudh Kanisetti tells us about the famous Mongol Empire, that emerged from the unification of nomadic tribes in the Mongol homeland under the leadership of Genghis Khan, whom a council proclaimed ruler of all the Mongols in 1206. Perhaps no empire in history has risen so spectacularly as that of the Mongols. The empire grew rapidly under his rule and that of his descendants, who sent invasions in every direction. Watch to learn more. You can watch the entire course - "A Unique Take on World History: The Story of Humankind" here - https://goo.gl/14Fc6C Download the Unacademy Learning App from the Google Play Store here:- https://goo.gl/02OhYI Discuss the course with fellow aspirants here:- https://goo.gl/AEgtKW
The Bronze Age and Cyrus The Great - Crash Course On World History
In this lesson, we learn about the Bronze Age 3500 BCE - 500 BCE. Crash course on World history starting from the Bronze age. Learn about Cyrus The Great and the founder Achaemenid Empire. The lesson will help in concept clarification of World History, focus on factual information for Prelims and much more. Must watch for all. Great way to revise the subject of History. You can watch the entire course - "A Unique Take on World History: The Story of Humankind" here - https://goo.gl/14Fc6C Download the Unacademy Learning App from the Google Play Store here:- https://goo.gl/02OhYI Discuss the course with fellow aspirants here:- https://goo.gl/AEgtKW
Entire History of India for Beginners through story-telling
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Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution - Crash Course On World History By Anirudh Kanisetti
Napoleon Bonaparte - In this lesson we learn about Napoleon Bonaparte who was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. Watch to learn more about his role in the French Revolution. You can watch the entire course - "A Unique Take on World History: The Story of Humankind" here - https://goo.gl/14Fc6C Download the Unacademy Learning App from the Google Play Store here:- https://goo.gl/02OhYI Discuss the course with fellow aspirants here:- https://goo.gl/AEgtKW
World History - Second World War 1939 to 1945 - Crash Course By Anirudh Kanisetti
Second World War - World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945. You can watch the entire course - "A Unique Take on World History: The Story of Humankind" here - https://goo.gl/14Fc6C Download the Unacademy Learning App from the Google Play Store here:- https://goo.gl/02OhYI Discuss the course with fellow aspirants here:- https://goo.gl/AEgtKW
World History - First World War 1914 - Crash Course By Anirudh Kanisetti
First World War - World War I (WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history. Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war (including the victims of a number of genocides), a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and the tactical stalemate caused by gruelling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, and paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved and to the Second World War twenty-one years later. You can watch the entire course - "A Unique Take on World History: The Story of Humankind" here - https://goo.gl/14Fc6C Download the Unacademy Learning App from the Google Play Store here:- https://goo.gl/02OhYI Discuss the course with fellow aspirants here:- https://goo.gl/AEgtKW