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Module code and title: A100, Humanities: a foundation course
Item code: A100; 08; 1972
First transmission date: 14-11-1971
Published: 1972
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Duration: 00:24:26
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Producer: Nuala O'Faolain
Presenter: A Marwick
Contributors: R. B.(Richard Barrie) Dobson; Joel Hurstfield; Arthur Marwick; Keith Robbins
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): 'Dad's Army'; History; Trevelyan
Footage description: A. Marwick introduces the programmes, he distinguishes between the historiographer (exemplified by Trevelyan author of 'English Social History) who writes without due attention to critical principles and the historian working in an academic environment and concerned for proofs to confirm the generalisation. Barrie Dobson criticises popular history for its failure to produce material based upon available evidence and for its preoccupation with 'Great Men', the picaresques and the colourful, for its claim to readability. Examples from 'Making of the British' are used. A. Marwick introduces Joel Hurstfield. Hurstfield shows an extract from the series 'Elizabeth R' and draws a parallel between dramatised istory and popular history. Clip from 'Dad's Army' A. Marwick discusses with Keith Robbins the nature of pop history using 'Dad's Army' as a starting point. All contributors participate in the discussion during which a distinction between 'poetical' or 'popular' history and scientific history is attempted. Trevelyan is discussed.
Master spool number: 6LT/70467
Production number: 00521_2353
Videofinder number: 2366
Available to public: no