Against this background, how do historians deal with the problems of the search for "historical truth"? Drawing on examples from East Asian and American as well as European history, The Past Within US poses the question: What happens when accounts of history are transferred from one medium to another? How far does the medium shape the message? How can historians deploy contemporary media in ways which evoke and develop the historical imagination? From the romances of Walter Scott to Spielberg blockbusters, from online Irish nationalism to Japanese revisionist comic books, The Past Within Us explores some of the more dramatic modern popular representations of the past, and reflects on the key challenges and possibilities for the communication of history in a multimedia age.
Tessa Morris-Suzuki is a Professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University. She is the author of numerous books including Showa: An Inside History of Hirohito's Japan, Beyond Computopia and Re-Inventing Japan: Time, Space, Nation.