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

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 In Russian historiography, the conflict is known as the Great Patriotic War, which began when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, in June, 1941, and ended when Soviet soldiers planted a red flag on the Reichstag, in May, 1945. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 The play’s message that alliance with Moscow was a tragedy for Ukraine directly contradicted official imperial historiography, and it was neither published nor performed until after the collapse of the empire. Uilleam Blacker, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 Typically, historiography of arcane intradisciplinary wrangling among grammatical theorists would not get that far. Geoffrey K. Pullum, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 But in a sense, these arguments themselves may represent the apotheosis of our historiography. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 For them, the culture war of the 1990s was clearly connected to the upheaval in American historiography. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Still, his anger served as a reminder of how much of Spain’s national historiography remained unchallenged. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2021 Minshull’s goal, one gathers, is less to trace a historiography of the rambler than to expand the genre of flânerie, with an open-endedness true to its spirit. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 In 1984, when Dongnyok published a new translation of Song of Arirang, the book satisfied a hunger for left-wing historiography. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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