Definition of historiography in English:


Syllabification: his·to·ri·og·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /hiˌstôrēˈäɡrəfē


1The study of historical writing.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?


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



Pronunciation: /-ˈäɡrəfər/
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  • 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: /-əˈɡrafik/
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  • 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: /-əˈɡrafikəl/
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  • 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.

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