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History on Film/Film on Historydemonstrates how films can be analyzed as historical sources.

Author Biography

Professor Robert A. Rosenstone of the California Institute of Technology is a leading scholar in the growing field of history and film. To this topic he brings experience as both an honoured historian and a participant in several major film projects. His award winning biography of John Reed, Romantic Revolutionary (1975), was used as the basis of Warren Beatty's multiple Academy Award winner, Reds, on which Rosenstone served as historical consultant. He is author of several works of history, including Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History (1995) Crusade of the Left: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War (1969) and Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Japan (1988). He is editor of Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of a New Past (1995) and Experiments in Rethinking History (2004). He is the Founding Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.

Table of Contents


Preface to the series                                                                                                       ix

Acknowledgements                                                                                                         xi

Publisher’s acknowledgements                                                                                     xiii


Chapter 1:         History on film                                                                                          1

Chapter 2:         To see the past                                                                                        11

Chapter 3:         Mainstream drama                                                                                  32

Chapter 4:         Innovative drama                                                                                     50

Chapter 5:         Documentary                                                                                          70

Chapter 6:         Telling lives                                                                                             89

Chapter 7:         Film maker/historian                                                                               111

Chapter 8:         Engaging the discourse                                                                           134

Chapter 9:         Film on history                                                                                       154


Guide to key reading                                                                                                   165

Bibliography                                                                                                                172

Index                                                                                                                            179

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