Modern History Notes: Films and Newspapers
While doing research for the modern world history course I am teaching in the Spring, I came across the following in “Modern History in the Movies” which is part of Fordham University’s Modern History Sourcebook. I especially like the five questions at the end.
Films and TV series set in the past can help students (and teachers) of history to visualize the period they are studying. But film makers are usually much more concerned with making an entertaining film rather than a historically accurate depiction. The films I suggest here will, I think, give some insight into the periods studied in modern history courses, but they are far from perfect.
In general, I recommend seeing foreign language films in the original language with subtitles rather than dubbed into English. [Try watching John Wayne dubbed into French someday – and you’ll see why dubbing almost never works.]
- What seems to be accurate in the film? What sources are you using to assess accuracy?
- In what ways does the film impact your reading of any of the documents you have been assigned in this course.
- What liberties does the film take with the past? Why?
- Is the film primarily entertainment, or is it really trying to work within a historical period? How can you determine the film maker’s intention?
- What, if any, modern point is the film trying make?
“World newspapers, magazines, and news sites in English, sorted by country and region.”
The site includes links to thousands of newspapers organized by region. Not just publications in English.
Links to newspapers from around the world.
“One of the web’s largest and most comprehensive directories of World Newspapers and Magazines, sorted by Country, region, and political affiliation.”
Includes front pages from 800 newspapers around the world.
Malcolm D.’s “Imagine the World as Literally Eurocentric.” Stuff White People Do. 25 November 2008.
Irving, Francis. “The Upsidedown Map PageEurocentric World.” Francis Is. nd.