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

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The historiography of medieval Spain is an academic battleground on which historians and other intellectuals pick over elements of the country’s past that might support one or another version of its national identity. Robert Irwin, The New York Review of Books, "The Contested Legacy of Muslim Spain," 21 Mar. 2019 The effects of the internet on historiography cannot be overstated. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Who Owns the Crusades?," 11 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of historiography

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for historiography

see historiographer

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