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Rosenstone, Robert A.

Works: 73 works in 298 publications in 4 languages and 8,818 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Fiction  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Trials, litigation, etc  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN1995.2, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Robert A Rosenstone
Most widely held works by Robert A Rosenstone
Romantic revolutionary : a biography of John Reed by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

46 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the brief life of the American journalist, political activist, and Communist and his struggle for social reform
Visions of the past : the challenge of film to our idea of history by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can filmed history measure up to written history? What happens to history when it is recorded in images, rather than words? Can images convey ideas and information that lie beyond words? Taking on these timely questions, Robert Rosenstone pioneers a new direction in the relationship between history and film. Rosenstone moves beyond traditional approaches, which examine the history of film as art and industry, or view films as texts reflecting their specific cultural contexts. This essay collection makes a radical venture into the investigation of a new concern: how a visual medium, subject to the conventions of drama and fiction, might be used as a serious vehicle for thinking about our relationship with the past. Rosenstone looks at history films in a way that forces us to reconceptualize what we mean by "history." He explores the innovative strategies of films made in Africa, Latin America, Germany, and other parts of the world. He journeys into the history of film in a wide range of cultures, and expertly traces the contours of the postmodern historical film. In essays on specific films, including Reds, JFK, and Sans Soleil, he considers such issues as the relationship between fact and film and the documentary as visionary truth. Theorists have for some time been calling our attention to the epistemological and literary limitations of traditional history. The first sustained defense of film as a way of thinking historically, this book takes us beyond those limitations."--Book cover
Revisioning history : film and the construction of a new past by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crusade of the Left : the Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1936 and 1938, some 3,000 young Americans sailed to France and crossed the Pyrenees to take part in the brutal civil war raging in Spain. Virtually all joined the International Brigades, formed under the auspices of the Soviet-led Comintern and largely directed by Communists. Yet a large number were not Communists; their activism was inspired by domestic and international crises of the 1930s, and colored by idealism. The men who went to Spain came out of a radical subculture that emerged from the Depression and the New Deal. This radicalism was a native plant, but it was nourished from abroad. In the thirties the menace of fascism seemed to be spreading like cancer across Europe, giving an international aspect to many domestic problems in the United States. To intellectuals, students, unionists, liberals, and leftists, the threat of fascism was so real that many came to believe that if it was not stopped in Spain, eventually they would have to take up arms against fascism at home. To understand the Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War it is necessary to bury some of the shibboleths of cold war years. Dissidence in the United States occurs in response to perceptions of reality on this side of the Atlantic, not because of the wishes of men in the Soviet Union. The members of the Lincoln Battalion were genuine products of America, and their story is properly a page in American military and political history. From them, one can learn much about the world of the 1930s and perhaps even something about the potential of modern man for thought and action in time of crisis."--Book cover
Mirror in the shrine : American encounters with Meiji Japan by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History on film/film on history by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

40 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"History films have often been criticized by academics and journalists as inaccurate depictions of the past. Yet there is no escaping the fact that blockbuster history films, documentaries and docudramas are increasingly influential in shaping our understanding of historical people and events. The very controversies that erupt over so many historical films are testament to the central role that films play in making history accessible." "Robert A. Rosenstone argues that to leave history films out of the discussion of the meaning of the past is to ignore a major factor in our understanding of past events. He champions the dramatic feature as a legitimate way of doing history, even though it is largely fictional. He examines what history films convey about the past and how they convey it, demonstrating the need to learn how to read and understand this new visual world. Rosenstone integrates detailed analysis of individual history films, including Glory, Reds, October, and Schindler's List."--Jacket
Protest from the right by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

7 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lights, camera, history : portraying the past in film by Richard V Francaviglia( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the preface, the volume editors emphasize the importance of using film in teaching history: students will see historical films, and if they are not taught critical viewing, they will be inclined simply to accept what they see as fact. Authors of the individual chapters then explore the portrayal of history - and the uses of history - in specific films and film genres." "The cumulative effect is to increase the reader's understanding of the medium of film in portraying history and to stimulate the imagination as to how it can be and how it should not be used. Students and teachers of history and cinema will benefit deeply from this informative and thoughtful discussion."--BOOK JACKET
Protest in the sixties( Book )

5 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seasons of rebellion; protest and radicalism in recent America by Joseph Boskin( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 1980 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiments in rethinking history( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"History is a narrative discourse, full of unfinished stories. This collection of innovative and experimental pieces of historical writing shows there are fascinating and important new ways of telling the past. The pieces illustrate the performative and fictive nature of history, and point to new ways of thinking about the past."
A companion to the historical film by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

25 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research. Offers a unique collection of cutting edge research that questions the intention behind and influence of historical film. Essays range in scope from inclusive broad-ranging subjects such as political contexts, to focused assessments of individual films and auteurs. Prefaced with an introductory survey of the field by its two distinguished editors Features interdisciplinary contributions from scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies"--
King of Odessa by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A celebrated writer returns to his hometown of Odessa, pondering a deal with the secret police, pining for a daughter living abroad, and hoping to pen one last homage to his own past. Isaac Babel, the world famous spinner of tales about Cossacks and gangsters, arrives in Odessa to be treated for asthma-and perhaps help a condemned prisoner to escape. Or is it Babel who intends to escape? For six decades our only record of Babel's visit has been the contents of letters and postcards sent abroad to his mother and sister. In King of Odessa, Robert A. Rosenstone imagines a version of this visit and the novel Babel wrote during those weeks. Babel himself is concerned with more than literary plots as he considers an escape just as he starts an affair with an actress who may be a police spy. He also ruminates on his past-his childhood as a sickly Jewish boy, the horrifying 1905 pogrom, the famous rides with the Cossacks that inspired Red Calvary, and above all his complicated relationships with women. Throughout the novel Rosenstone captures Babel's lively wit, his exhaustion with fame and the Soviet system, and his infectious charm. This would prove to be Babel's last visit to Odessa. Three years later, he was arrested as a spy and executed. Rosenstone, the acclaimed biographer of writer and activist John Reed, mixes historical facts and fiction with the talent of a gifted storyteller. The result is a captivating exploration of a great writer surrounded by history and on the brink of falling out of it forever
The man who swam into history : the (mostly) true story of my Jewish family by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story begins with a grandfather who heroically escaped from Russia by swimming the Pruth River to Romania-or did he? Then there are stories of another grandfather who kept a lifelong mistress; grandmothers who were ignored except in the kitchen; migrations legal and illegal from Eastern Europe to Canada to California; racketeers on one side of the family and Communists on the other; and a West Coast adolescence in the McCarthy years. All of these (mostly true) stories form a Jewish family's history, a tale of dislocation and assimilation. But in the hands of award-winning historian Robert Rosenstone, they become much more. The fragments of memory so beautifully preserved in The Man Who Swam into History add unforgettable, human characters to the now familiar story of the Jewish diaspora in the twentieth century. This combination memoir/short story collection recounts the Rosenstone family's passage from Romania to America. Robert Rosenstone tells the story not as a single, linear narrative, but through "tales, sequences, windows, moments, and fragments resurrected from the lives of three generations in my two parental families, set in five countries on two continents over the period of almost a century." This more literary and personal approach allows Rosenstone's relatives to emerge as distinct personalities, voices who quarrel and gossip, share their dreams and fears, and maintain the ties of a loving, if eccentric, family. Among the genre of "coming to America" tales, The Man Who Swam into History is a work of unique vision, one that both records and reconstructs the past even as it continuously-and humorously-questions the truth of its own assertions."--Book cover
The good fight the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish civil war( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrated by Studs Terkel, The Good Fight explores a significant gap in our history through its use of archival footage, newsreels, still photographs, interviews with Lincoln veterans, and other Depression-era artifacts. The eleven surviving veterans of the war who appear in this tough, ironical film share a common pride in their sacrifices of fifty years ago when the rise of world fascism crushed the spirit of democracy in a tragic rehearsal for World War II
Red star, crescent moon : a Muslim-Jewish love story by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los cantos de la conmoción : veinte años de rock by Marcelo Covián( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una ventana indiscreta la historia desde el cine( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lo specchio e il santuario : storie di americani nel Giappone Meiji by Robert A Rosenstone( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Visions of the past : the challenge of film to our idea of history
Alternative Names
Rosenstone, R. A.

Rosenstone, Robert

Rosenstone, Robert A.

로젠스톤, 로버트 A

ローゼンストーン, R. A.

ローゼンストーン, ロバート A.

English (211)

Spanish (14)

French (10)

Italian (2)

Visions of the past : the challenge of film to our idea of historyRevisioning history : film and the construction of a new pastCrusade of the Left : the Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil WarMirror in the shrine : American encounters with Meiji JapanHistory on film/film on historyLights, camera, history : portraying the past in filmExperiments in rethinking historyKing of Odessa