Historierne om Danmark - bidrag til et erindringsfællesskab

Simon Brun Andersen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master thesis explores the impact on the collective memory of Danish national history, by the two popular-historical tv-series “Historien om Danmark” (2017) and “Danmarkshistorien fortalt af Erik Kjersgaard” (1982), of which both were produced by the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation. Through the use of theory on nationalism, provided by sociologist Benedict Anderson, and general historical theory of commemoration and historical consciousness, I describe and analyze the two series use of themes, values and power descriptions as they appear in their contributions to the Danish national commemoration culture. Through this analytical method a major difference appears in the way national history is commemorated in the two tv-series. Where the historical narrative in the work of Erik Kjersgaard focuses on providing critical perspectives on society as it appeared in 1982, the historical narrative in “Historien om Danmark” focuses more on celebrating the Danish welfare society anno 2017, without providing critical perspectives on this society. As a result of this, “Historien om Danmark” invites the viewer to feel loyalty towards the Danish welfare society, without providing the necessary tools to help sustain it. The broadcasting of “Historien om Danmark” mediated a great public discussion on Danish national history in the written Danish media. A discussion which indicates that national history, as far as the discussion went, had the function of providing legitimation and loyalty toward different current political and cultural agendas. Because “Historien om Danmark” had a great influence on the themes and perspectives, which were debated in this discussion, DR’s uncritical use of history, was passed on in the public discussion.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 feb. 2019
Antal sider74
VejledereKarin Cohr Lützen


  • Danmarkshistorie
  • Erindringskultur
  • Historien om Danmark
  • Erik Kjersgaard
  • public service