Journal Article

Seeing the Past: Simon Schama's ‘A History of Britain’ and Public History

Justin Champion

in History Workshop Journal

Volume 56, issue 1, pages 153-174
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1363-3554
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4569 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hwj/56.1.153
Seeing the Past: Simon Schama's ‘A History of Britain’ and Public History

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Exploring the nature and function of contemporary televisual history by a close review of the intentions and reception of Simon Schama's ‘A History of Britain’, the paper aims to engage with the epistemological status of public history. Examining the difficulties and tensions between the ambitions and procedures of academic historians and documentary film‐makers, it analyses the conflicting imperatives of entertainment and instruction. Suggestions about the contingent relationship between historical ‘truth’ and different forms of media are raised.

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Subjects: History of Gender and Sexuality ; Public History ; Labour History ; Oral History ; Social and Cultural History

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