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

Examples of historiography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bride’s doctoral work focuses on testimony, historiography, and storytelling in postwar Italy. New York Times, "Julia Pucci, Matthew Dudley," 15 Mar. 2020 His name was Howard Zinn, and his project became the book A People’s History of the United States, a desecration of American memory that is the single most destructive act in the annals of American historiography. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 Despite its light tone, The Housing Lark conveys a complex and crucial debate about education and historiography: Whose history will be told, and how? Dohra Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "A Lark in West Indian London," 10 Jan. 2020 Dwell too much on the historiography of how accounts of Mary have changed through the years and risk saying less about her than about her biographers. Jonathan Horn, National Review, "In Search of George Washington’s Mother," 19 Dec. 2019 Just as archaeology has been a handmaiden of nationalism, Israeli historiography has worked to subjugate the experiences of Mizrahi Jews to the preferred narratives of Ashkenazi Zionism. Harper's magazine, "Letters," 28 Oct. 2019 For the past several years, Bridgman’s partner in research has been Stephen Cummings, a fellow management professor at Victoria University of Wellington whose main interest lies in history and historiographies. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What if the foundational theories about how to run a company have been corrupted?," 9 Dec. 2019 The modern nation-state and professional historiography grew up together. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 Mythological accounts of prehistoric times share space with passages that clearly aim to meet the standards of documentary historiography, at least as it was understood in the ancient world. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "How to Read the Bible," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of historiography

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Historiography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historiography. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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