How to be a historian

Scholarly personae in historical studies, 1800-2000

Edited by Herman Paul

How to be a historian


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3282-6
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2019
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, Historiography, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Historiography, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Humanities / Historiography


This volume offers a stimulating new perspective on the history of historical studies. Through the prism of 'scholarly personae', it explores why historians care about attitudes or dispositions that they consider necessary for studying the past, yet often disagree about what virtues, skills, or competencies are most important. More specifically, the volume explains why models of virtue known as 'personae' have always been contested, yet also can prove remarkably stable, especially with regard to their race, class, and gender assumptions. Covering historical studies across Europe, North America, Africa, and East Asia, How to be a historian will appeal not only to historians of historiography, but to all historians who occasionally wonder: What kind of a historian do I want to be?

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