Popularizing National Pasts is the first truly cross-national and comparative study of popular national histories, their representations, the meanings given to them and their uses, which expands outside the confines of Western Europe and the US. It draws a picture of popular histories which is European in the full sense of this term. One of its fortes is the inclusion of Eastern Europe. The cross-national angle of Popularizing National Pasts is apparent in the scope of its comparative project, as well as that of the longue durée it covers. Apart from essays on Britain, France, and Germany, the collection includes studies of popular histories in Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe, notably Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Armenia, Russia and the Ukraine, as well as considering the US and Argentina. Cross-national comparison is also a central concern of the thirteen case studies in the volume, which are, each, devoted to comparing between two, or more, national historical cultures. Thus temporality –both continuities and breaks- in popular notions of the past, its interpretations and consumption, is examined in the long continuum. The volume makes available to English readers, probably for the first time, the cutting edge of Eastern European scholarship on popular histories, nationalism and culture.

chapter |33 pages


ByStefan Berger, Billie Melman, Chris Lorenz

part I|90 pages

Popular National Histories in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

chapter 1|21 pages

Revolutionary Politics and Revolutionary Aesthetics

Opera, Classics, and Popular National History
BySimon Goldhill

chapter 2|17 pages

History as Romance and History as Atonement

Nineteenth-Century Images from Britain and France
ByStephen Bann

chapter 3|27 pages

‘That Which We Learn with the Eye'

Popular Histories, Modernity, and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century London and Paris
ByBillie Melman

part II|93 pages

Popular National Histories in Multiple Pasts from the Late 18th to the Late 20th Century

chapter 5|22 pages

Imagining Russia's Pasts

Revolutionary and Tsarist Russia in American, British, and German Cinema, 1927–39
BySarah Street

chapter 6|20 pages

Balkans Baedecker for Übermensch Tourists

Janko Janev's Popular Historiosophy
ByBalázs Trencsényi

chapter 7|27 pages

Exhibiting Scandinavian Culture

The National Museums of Denmark and Sweden
ByPeter Aronsson

chapter 8|22 pages

Locating Transylvanians

Real and Fictional Ethnohistories
ByBorbála Zsuzsanna Török

part III|133 pages

Popular and Unpopular Pasts

chapter 9|28 pages

Migrants, Foreigners, Jews, and the Cultural Structure of Prejudice

The Nation as Performative Event in US and German TV Crime Dramas
ByWulf Kansteiner

chapter 10|18 pages

Filming a Liveable Past

The 1970s–80s in Contemporary Russian Cinema
ByOksana Sarkisova

chapter 11|21 pages

On Track to the Grand Prix

The National Eurovision Competition as National History
ByPhilip V. Bohlman

chapter 12|20 pages

A City and Its Pasts

Popular Histories in Kaliningrad between Regionalization and Nationalization
ByStefan Berger

chapter 13|23 pages

The Internet and National Histories

ByMarkku Jokisipilä

chapter 14|21 pages

‘Unpopular Past'

The Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo and Their Rebellion against History
ByBerber Bevernage