History of Buddhism for a Non-Buddhist or Novice?

Hello! Could someone please recommend YouTube videos or articles on the history of Buddhism, which one can watch or read in 30min? This is for me to relay to a non-Buddhist or novice. I watched several YouTubes, but all of them included one error or another, and some are too long.

Thank you!

Honestly, for that length I’d probably just point to the Wikipedia article

If they have a little more time, I’d recommend the book by Robinson.


Peter Harvey’s introduction to Buddhism is in my opinion the best concise book in English. You can download the pdf free from An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices : Peter Harvey : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive