History magazines in the UK

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Haydn, Terry (2013)
  • Publisher: Wochen Schau Verlag

The paper explores the phenomenon of popular history magazines as a facet of public history. The UK has seen a substantial increase in the number of popular history magazines available to the public, with some magazines reaching high levels of circulation. The paper looks at the range of magazines available – from ‘heritage’ and ‘family’ history, to special interest magazines, and more ‘serious’ and scholarly history magazines. What is it that makes history magazines sell, and what influence do the magazines have on the historical consciousness of those that read them? Do history magazines represent a trivialising and ‘dumbed down’ version of history, or is the increasing appetite for the commercial consumption of history a positive development?
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