Verhalen sprokkelen langs de frontlijn : een kritische blik op Ten Oorlog
Gathering stories along the front : a critical look at Ten Oorlog [To War]
Hague :Koninklijk nederlands historisch genootschap
BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW
, p. 107-119
University of Antwerp
This article reflects critically on the popular television programme Ten Oorlog, thereby examining the field of tension between history and entertainment, between historians and 'the public'. History can be addressed via various television formats as an historical documentary or a travel programme. An analysis indicates the extent to which Ten Oorlog is inspired by these formats. However, the popular television programme from the outset was not conceived as a classic historical documentary and perhaps can best be described as a historical human interest programme as part of the large-scale commemoration of the First World War. How do history and entertainment relate to one another in this programme? Is there more emphasis on the historical context or on anecdotal stories? This analysis of Ten Oorlog illustrates the tense relation between historians and 'the public'.