The Routledge Companion to History and the Moving Image takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding history in moving images. It engages this popular and dynamic field that has evolved rapidly from film and television to digital streaming into the age of user-created content.

The volume addresses moving image history through a theoretical lens; modes and genres; representation, race, and identity; and evolving forms and formats. It brings together a range of scholars from across the globe who specialize in film and media studies, cultural studies, history, philosophy of history, and education. Together, the chapters provide a necessary contemporary analysis that covers new developments and questions that arise from the shift to digital screen culture. The book examines technological and ethical concerns stemming from today’s media landscape, but it also considers the artificial construction of the boundaries between professional expertise and amateur production. Each contributor’s unique approach highlights the necessity of engaging with moving images for the academic discipline of history.

The collection, written for a global audience, offers accessible discussions of historiography and a compelling resource for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in history, film and media studies, and communications.

Both Chapter 17 and the Afterword of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

chapter |4 pages


History is a moving image

part I|50 pages

Understanding history and the moving image

chapter 2|16 pages

Actuality is not Enough

On historiography and cinema

part II|105 pages

Genres and modes

chapter 4|17 pages

Patterns of reality

chapter 9|15 pages

Fantastic Histories

Medievalism in fantasy film and television

part III|79 pages

Representation, race, and identity

chapter 12|18 pages

History and Hindi Film

chapter 13|15 pages

Horrific History and Black Aliveness

Travel and Liberatory Loopholes in Lovecraft Country

chapter 14|16 pages

Pasts Refracted

Indigenous histories on film beyond the cinema

chapter 15|15 pages

The New Civil War Cinema

part IV|103 pages

Evolving forms and formats

chapter 16|15 pages

Public History on Screen

From broadcast and network TV to the Internet era, an evolutionary approach

chapter 17|18 pages

Live Documentary

Social cinema and the cinepoetics of doubt

chapter 20|16 pages

What If?

Experimental history on television

chapter |14 pages


History with images: a conversation with Robert A. Rosenstone