Screening European Heritage

Creating and Consuming History on Film

  • Paul Cooke
  • Rob Stone

Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Contexts of Production

  3. Limits of Representation

  4. Modes of Consumption

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-290

About this book


This book provides a unique examination of the way Europe’s past is represented on contemporary screens and what this says about contemporary cultural attitudes to history. How do historical dramas come to TV and cinema screens across Europe? How is this shaped by the policies and practices of cultural institutions, from media funding boards to tourist agencies and heritage sites? Who watches these productions and how are they consumed in cinemas, on TV and online?, are just some of the questions this volume seeks to answer. From The Lives of Others to Game of Thrones, historical dramas are a particularly visible part of mainstream European film production, often generating major national debates on the role of the past in contemporary national identity construction.


History Heritage Tourism Cultural Policy Film Television Europe Media Creative Second World War European Union Eurimages film history media media studies politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Cooke
    • 1
  • Rob Stone
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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