Website Wednesdays: Historiographic Essays

Historiographic Essays

Historiographic Essays

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.

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