[hi-stawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, -stohr-]

noun, plural his·to·ri·og·ra·phies.

the body of literature dealing with historical matters; histories collectively.
the body of techniques, theories, and principles of historical research and presentation; methods of historical scholarship.
the narrative presentation of history based on a critical examination, evaluation, and selection of material from primary and secondary sources and subject to scholarly criteria.
an official history: medieval historiographies.

Origin of historiography

1560–70; < Middle French historiographie < Greek historiographía. See history, -o-, -graphy
Related formshis·to·ri·o·graph·ic [hi-stawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, -stohr-] /hɪˌstɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, -ˌstoʊr-/, his·to·ri·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivehis·to·ri·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of historiography

  • They may well, in fact, be the most discussed questions in 20th century historiography.

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    David Frum

    November 23, 2012

  • But Arafat's take on history, his lies, in effect, fly in the face of 1,400 years of Muslim tradition and historiography.

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    Benny Morris

    April 24, 2012

Historical Examples of historiography

British Dictionary definitions for historiography



the writing of history
the study of the development of historical method, historical research, and writing
any body of historical literature
Derived Formshistoriographic (hɪˌstɔːrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or historiographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for historiography

1560s; see from history + -graphy. Related: Historiographer.

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