his·​to·​ri·​og·​ra·​phy | \ hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce historiography (audio) \

Definition of historiography

1a : the writing of history especially : the writing of history based on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particulars from the authentic materials, and the synthesis of particulars into a narrative that will stand the test of critical methods
b : the principles, theory, and history of historical writing a course in historiography
2 : the product of historical writing : a body of historical literature a survey of the country's historiography

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Other Words from historiography

historiographical \ hi-​ˌstȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce historiography (audio) \ or less commonly historiographic \ hi-​ˌstȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce historiography (audio) \ adjective
historiographically \ hi-​ˌstȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce historiography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of historiography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, even as French historiography has obscured the Haitian Revolution, its consequences endure today. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Haitian Revolution and the Hole in French High-School History," 3 Dec. 2020 In his years at school, Mr. Calhoun had written a master’s thesis on the historiography of Napoleon’s peninsular war and had attended a law seminar in Belgium. New York Times, "How a Hard-Core Liberal Lawyer Joined the Pro-Trump Mob," 18 Feb. 2021 The results are probing, but covering so much ground in one slim volume probably makes the text somewhat inaccessible for a general audience, especially for those unfamiliar with Chinese politics and Communist Party historiography. Howard W. French, WSJ, "‘China’s Good War’ Review: Present at the Creation," 13 Oct. 2020 Gorra has drawn on Faulkner’s life and family story; his various works; letters, journals, histories, and fiction of the period; and the historiography of the Civil War and its aftermath. Michael Gorra, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War,' by Michael Gorra," 28 Aug. 2020 The interiority of history, the way it is driven by human beliefs, hopes, affections, and hatreds, has often been obscured in English-language historiography because our great thinkers, left and right, have mostly been materialists. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Beatles and the Sexual Revolution," 25 Aug. 2020 For example, recent Spanish historiography is less coruscating in its judgment of the restoration political system. The Economist, "Too many setbacks A historian sets out to explain Spain’s tumultuous past," 20 June 2020 Burnett’s film is a cinematic work of historiography, charting how authors’ creations both form and deform the historical record—and shape or warp public opinion. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Charles Burnett’s Reckoning with History in “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property”," 19 June 2020 Postwar politics and historiography both attempted to appropriate and glorify as well as discredit various forms of resistance. Christopher R. Browning, The New York Review of Books, "Who Resisted the Nazis?," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of historiography

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for historiography

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“Historiography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historiography. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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