Oral and Visual History

5: Reading

For a general introduction to history on film, consult the chapter 'Film as a historical source' in Brivati B., Buxton J. and Seldon A.(eds), (1996) The Contemporary History Handbook, Manchester, Manchester University Press. See also -

  • Aldgate T and Richards J, (2007) 'Britain Can Take It', London, Tauris & Co
  • Cannadine D., (2007) History and the Media, London, Macmillan
  • Hughes-Warrington M., (2006) History goes to the Movies, London, Routledge
  • Nisbet G., (2006) Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture, Bristol.Phoenix Press
  • Rosenstone R., (1995) Visions of the Past, New York, Harvard University Press
  • Rosenstone R., (2006) History on Film - Film on History, London, Longmans
  • Slocum J.D., (2006) Hollywood and War, London, Routledge
  • Solomon T., (2001) The Ancient World in the Cinema, New Haven, Yale University Press
  • Taylor R., (1998) Film Propaganda: Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, London, Tauris & Co
  • Winkler M., (2006) Troy: from Homer's Iliad to Hollywood Epic, Oxford, Blackwell

For a general introduction to Oral History see Perks R. and Thomson A., (1998) The Oral History Reader, London, Routledge, and Thompson P., (1990) The Voices of the Past, Oxford, Oxford University Press. For the reconstruction of ancient faces and the appearance of famous people in history from their physical remains see Richards J., (1999) Meet the Ancestors, London, BBC Books, and the following:

  • Prag J. and Neave R., (1997) Making Faces, London, British Museum Press.
  • Waldron T., (2001) Shadows in the Soil, Gloucester, Tempus
  • Wilson I., (2001) Past Lives, London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

For the art of historical reconstruction generally see the following:

  • Davison B., (1997) Picturing the Past, London, English Heritage
  • Ambrus V. and Aston M., (2001) Recreating the Past, Gloucester, Tempus
  • Ambrus V., (2006) Drawing on Archaeology, Gloucester, Tempus

For the role of images in history see Lowenthal D.,(1995) The Past is a Foreign Country, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, an important book with much to say about the way in which we perceive the past. Also an important book because it shows how people of the past pictured history is Haskell F., (1993) History and Its Images, New Haven, Yale University Press. To locate this area of study within the current practice and philosophy of academic history see Tosh J., (2006) The Pursuit of History, London, Longmans, an excellent introduction to the craft of the historian and the many controversies to which it has given rise.

Extracts from all the sources mentioned in the survey of letters, diaries and other ephemera, can be found in the reader 'In Their Own Words', distributed as part of the Plymouth BEd history course. The pictures are available for downloading from www.autolycos.co.uk. For the diary of Samuel Pepys see Latham R (1978) The Illustrated Pepys, London, Bell & Hyman. The Book of Margery Kempe is published by Penguin, edited and translated by BA Windeatt (1994) whilst extracts from the Vindolanda tablets can be found in Birley A (2002) Garrison Life at Vindolanda, Gloucester, Tempus. One of the best collections of World War One soldiers' letters is Macdonald L., (1998) Voices and Images of the Great War, London, Penguin, whilst Richard Holmes' book Dusty Warriors brings the story right up to date with the oral testimony from British soldiers based in Iraq (published by Harper-Collins in 2006).