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Reconstructing the Past

History in the Mass Media 1890–2005, 1st Edition

Edited by Sian Nicholas, Tom O'Malley, Kevin Williams


192 pages

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Bringing together a team of history and media researchers from across Britain and Europe, this volume provides readers with a themed discussion of the range and variety of the media’s engagement with history, and a close study of the relationship between media, history and national identity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Problems and Possibilities in the Media’s Presentation of History Part 1: The Media and History. Introduction 1. See Hear: Phonography and Photography as Forms of Historical Representation 2. From Information to Propaganda: The Presentation of South African History in the Run-Up to the Boer War 3.'The Same Old Firm Dressed Up in a New Suit': Blue Scar and its Portrayal of the Nationalisation of the Coal Industry 4. Historical Situation Comedy – BBC Television Comedy 1975–87 5. Hearing History: How British Radio Reconstructs and Re-Imagines its Past: Pirate BBC Essex 6. The Media and the Monarchy Part 2: The Media, History and National Identity. Introduction 7. 'One Dead Horse, 10.30am': Irish Broadcasting 1926–66 and the Easter Rebellion 8. Projecting Stalin: The Vozhd’ in Film 9. D-Day and the British Tabloid Press 10. D-Day Remembrance 2004: The Representation of History in the German Media 11. 'Will the Real Captain Mainwaring Please Stand Up?' Dad’s Army between media and memory 12. Finding the Voice of Wales: "Welshness" and BBC Television, 1975–87

About the Editors

Sian Nicholas is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

Tom O’Malley is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

Kevin Williams is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Wales Swansea.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies