Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'This article considers the divide between popular and academic history, especially as perceived by popular and academic historians. It argues that the two forms of history, though clearly connected to one another, have different priorities and audiences. In particular, where academic historians prize originality of research, popular historians will tend to prize powerful storytelling. The article suggests that popular historians could acknowledge more handsomely that many do owe their debt to the research findings of academic historians, while in their turn academic historians have much to learn from popular historians about how to communicate the pleasures and importance of understanding the past.' (Author's abstract p. 7)

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  • Author's note: This article was the keynote address to the ‘Popular History’ strand, convened by Hsu-Ming Teo, of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Inaugural Conference, 30 June 2010. I wish to thank Hsu-Ming for the invitation, and acknowledge the assistance of Sari Braithwaite and John Docker.

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