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