History on British Television: Constructing Nation, Nationality and Collective Memory

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Pub Date: 01/10/2015
ISBN: 9780719099854
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Quick overview A unique and overdue insight and study into how the landscape, institutions and collective memory has influenced the representation of the past on British television from 1946 to the present day, promoting a very singular view of what it means to be British.
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History on British television explores the production and consumption of factual history programming on British television. The chronological development of Western historiography is compared to phases of British television history production, highlighting how progressive developments in social and cultural trends have shaped what we make of the past and what the past makes of us. Charting the rise and dominance of television history as a popular cultural form, the book examines how the past has become a model for citizenship, prioritising certain groups and classes, marginalising others. Clearly defined chapters deal with the battle between the BBC and its commercial rivals to become the 'voice of the nation'. Engaging, informed and easy to read, the book is intended for researchers, teachers and students interested in television and historical studies, as well as readers keen to understand how collective memory, television and history have become a potent propaganda mixture of stylised myths reinforcing nationality, identity and citizenship.

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