History and Film: Moving Pictures and the Study of the Past

Paperback | January 4, 2010

byMaarten Pereboom

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Moving pictures have had a great influence on human culture, and this book focuses on using moving images as historical evidence.  Studying history means examining evidence from the past to understand, interpret and present what has happened in different times and places.  We talk and write about what we have learned, hoping to establish credibility both for what we have determined to be the facts and for whatever meaning or significance we may attach to our reconstruction of the past.  Studying history is a scientific process, involving a fairly set methodology.  We tend to favor written sources, and we have tended to favor writing as a means of presenting our views of the past.  But historians also use all kinds of other documents and artifacts in their work of interpreting the past, including moving pictures.

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        Moving pictures have had a great influence on human culture, and this book focuses on using moving images as historical evidence.  Studying history means examining evidence from the past to understand, interpret and present what has happened in different times and places.  We talk and write about what we have learned, hoping to...

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 History and Film  will help students to: Analyze film critically, particularly for historical content, using it to gather information about the past, paying attention to the kinds of material and information it uses. Distinguish between a film’s historical and fictional elements, and identify ways in which even the fictional e...

Maarten Pereboom is professor of history and dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury Univrsity. He earned his doctorate at Yale University, and his first book, Democracies at the Turning Point: Britain, France, and the End of the Postwar Order, 1928-1933, earned Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1996. ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131938460

ISBN - 13:9780131938465

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Table of Contents

 

Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The significance of film in history

Chapter 3: The sum of its parts: understanding the medium

Chapter 4: Assessing film’s historical content

Chapter 5: Documentary film as primary and secondary sources

Chapter 6: “Based on a True Story”:  History and Biography in Narrative Film

Chapter 7: A Sense of Time and Place:  Historical Fiction

Chapter 8: Capturing the Moment: Narrative Movies as Historical and Cultural Artifacts

Chapter 9: Around the World in Eighty (or So) Movies

Chapter 10: Your Turn:  Writing about History in Film

Chapter 11: Your Research Portal: Sources on History in Film

A Quick and Easy Guide to Citation

Films Discussed