Speaker: Paul Lay (History Today)
Much historical fiction is ‘tosh’ but then too is a lot of academic history. Paul Lay looks at the varying quality of both forms of writing about the past as a means to answer the question of whether the success of historical fiction benefits or threatens academic history. Lay also brings in the issue of film and the important role of myth. Part of this paper discusses Asa Briggs, who turned 90 this earlier this year. In celebration the IHR hosted a one day conference on Asa Briggs.
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