Historiography is central to the historian’s craft. At the most basic level, historiography is the history of history. If you do not know what has been written on a particular topic, the various interpretations of that topic, and the ongoing debates about it, then you cannot write good history. To quote a professor from my graduate school years, “you’ve got to know the gods and goddesses of the field.” The excellent Writing on History website from Queens College, CUNY includes a section on Historiographic Essays. As they suggest, one of the best ways to start exploring historiography is to write an annotated bibliography on a particular topic that interests you. One you have a clear idea of the major works and interpretations, then you can develop an argument about the historiographical development of that topic.