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Culture of History: English Uses of the Past 1800-1953 Billie Melman

Culture of History: English Uses of the Past 1800-1953

Billie Melman

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781281145659
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363 pages
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In this original and widely researched book, Billie Melman explores the culture of history during the age of modernity. Her book is about the production of English pasts, the multiplicity of their representations and the myriad ways in which theMoreIn this original and widely researched book, Billie Melman explores the culture of history during the age of modernity. Her book is about the production of English pasts, the multiplicity of their representations and the myriad ways in which the English looked at history (sometimes in the most literal sense of looking) and made use of it in a social and material urban world, and in their imagination. Covering the period between the Napoleonic Wars and the Coronation of 1953, Melman recoups the work of antiquarians, historians, novelists and publishers, wax modellers, cartoonists and illustrators, painters, playwrights and actors, reformers and educationalists, film stars and their fans, musicians and composers, opera-fans, and radio listeners. Avoiding a separation between high and low culture, Melman analyses nineteenth-century plebeian culture and twentieth-century mass-culture and their venues - like Madame Tussauds Chamber of Horrors, panoramas, national monuments like the Tower of London, and films - as well as studying forms of minority art - notably opera.