Definition of historiography in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɔːrɪˈɒɡrəfi/
Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɒrɪˈɒɡrəfi/


[mass noun]
1The study of the writing of history and of written histories.
Example sentences
  • From where a historian speaks or writes may impact historiography as much as when one speaks.
  • When he went to study in Britian the dominant theme of nationalist historiography was the study of plantation societies in the Caribbean.
  • The other founding father of modern historiography is the French medievalist Marc Bloch, author of The Historian's Craft.
1.1The writing of history.
Example sentences
  • Koyre's idealist historiography of science reinforced the postpositivist tendency to assimilate the history of science to the history of ideas.
  • Barker researched the novel at various libraries in Great Britain and pieced together this historiography using both fact and fiction.
  • What is the relationship between historiography and the writing of historical novels?



Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɔːrɪˈɒɡrəfə/
Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɒrɪˈɒɡrəfə/
Example sentences
  • The ruling historiographers of science cannot be freed from the reproach that they have read Galileo's writings too selectively.
  • It is Jenkins's more radical conclusions that pose stumbling blocks for historiographers such as Evans.
  • History, the great historiographer Fernand Braudel once said, is ‘a web of problems… a fleeting spectacle ’.


Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɔːrɪɒɡrəˈɡrafɪk/ Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɒrɪɒɡrəˈɡrafɪk/
Example sentences
  • And here again, I think it's time to reiterate my plea for the historiographic interpretation of continuing characters.
  • Domination, submission, and re-achievement of domination marks their historiographic trajectory.
  • The importance of this effort, as the contributors show, is not exclusively historical or historiographic.


Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɔːrɪəˈɡrafɪk(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /hɪˌstɒrɪəˈɡrafɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The two best known are, of course, Wolsey and More, figures whose profile has been substantially skewed by historiographical spin.
  • This is strange, because it directly conflicts with a second major element in his historiographical outlook.
  • They appeal too much to the respectability of historiographical standards.


Example sentences
  • People can certainly appreciate music without analyzing it intellectually and historiographically.
  • Foucault carefully avoids being so historiographically simplistic.
  • Remarkable though it seems, these matters have not been written properly into the record, historiographically speaking, until now.


Mid 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek historiographia, from historia 'narrative, history' + -graphia 'writing'.

Words that rhyme with historiography

autobiography, bibliography, biography, cardiography, cartography, chirography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, hagiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, stenography, topography, typography

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