historiography

noun
his·to·ri·og·ra·phy | \ hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē \

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 \ or less commonly historiographic \hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fik \ adjective
historiographically \hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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The whole of Hollywood historiography has that sort of problem. refinery29.com, "The New Season Of You Must Remember This Explores Hollywood’s First Fake News Hoax," 9 July 2018 Ben-Gurion was among those national leaders not content with making history, but also eager to influence his country’s historiography. The Economist, "Binyamin Netanyahu’s unofficial history," 2 May 2018 Since 1945, the historiography of Nazism has undergone several broad transformations, reflecting political pressures both within Germany and abroad. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 The resulting highlight reel of black triumph is pure historiography, a particular formulation of the story of black America. New York Times, "Everyday Excellence," 3 Feb. 2018 The earliest extant works of historiography by Muslim scholars date to a similar period. Christopher Carroll, WSJ, "The Crescent Rising," 4 Oct. 2017 The display hearkens to a certain dark corner of World War II historiography, to books profuse in profiles of particularly sadistic SS officers. Andrew Koenig, National Review, "Eichmann Revisited," 9 Sep. 2017 Thus, the buffs understood their investigative work not simply as an act of historiography, but as a political intervention with relevant implications. Art Simon, Slate Magazine, "In The Parallax View, Conspiracy Goes All the Way to the Top—and Beyond," 21 July 2017 Hurwitz’s fundamental connection of Holocaust consciousness with the civil rights of Americans—especially those of black Americans—is borne out by the course of historiography, especially on film. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Two Prescient Films About the Memory of the Holocaust," 24 Apr. 2017

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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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