History And The Media

Paperback | April 15, 2007

EditorDavid Cannadine, David

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History is everywhere in the media. Television viewers can spend every evening watching a different historian expound upon Empire, Witchcraft, the Civil War or Royal Mistresses; or go to the cinema and watch reconstructions of the Second World War, American Civil War or Imperial China. Even current affairs reporting on television, radio or in newspapers implicitly or explicitly includes historical explanations. This book examines the boom in history, in television and film, newspapers and radio and the constraints and opportunities it offers. Leading historians and high profile broadcasters, such as Melvyn Bragg, Simon Schama, Tristram Hunt, Ian Kershaw and David Puttnam, draw on their personal experiences to explore the problems and highlights of representing history in the media.

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History is everywhere in the media. Television viewers can spend every evening watching a different historian expound upon Empire, Witchcraft, the Civil War or Royal Mistresses; or go to the cinema and watch reconstructions of the Second World War, American Civil War or Imperial China. Even current affairs reporting on television, radi...

DAVID CANNADINE is Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of British History at the University of London. His many books include The Pleasures of the Past, History in Our Time, The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain and Ornamentalism: How the British Saw their Empire.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.61 × 5.41 × 0.43 inPublished:April 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517803

ISBN - 13:9780230517806

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors * Introduction--D. Cannadine * Bringing the Past to the Small Screen--T. Downing * Television and the Trouble with History--S. Schama * All Our Yesterdays--J. Isaacs * Why is so Much Television History about War?--R. Smither * The Adventure of Making "The Adventure of English"--M. Bragg * How Does Television Enhance History?--T. Hunt * Hacks and Scholars: Allies of a Kind--M. Hastings * The Past on the Box: Strengths and Weaknesses--I. Kershaw * A Deep and Continuing Use of History--J. Tusa * Writing the History of Broadcasting--J. Seaton * Has Hollywood Stolen Our History?--D. Puttnam * Index

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"This book brings us the thoughts of Ian Kershaw, Tristram Hunt, Melvyn Bragg, Simon Schama, John Tusa, Jeremy Isaacs and others, in pieces that build up into a surprisingly penetrating look at what history can do for the media, and--this is the surprising bit--what the broadcast media can do for history...History made and in the making, and the time-loops it both creates and follows, prove endlessly fascinating in these writings. There is something here that will make anyone think more deeply about the interaction between a new and apparently instant medium and an old and apparently time-enhanced discipline. It is unlikely, after this, that anyone can continue to accuse the best of TV history of being nothing byt a pageant of kings and queens."--Financial Times Magazine"Interesting and illuminating essays on diverse aspects of this recent cultural and intellectual revolution [the flourishing of history in the media]."--The Sunday Telegraph"Simon Schama and Jeremy Isaacs offer particularly eloquent apologia for the sort of period dramatics that have happened on television."--The Spectator