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historiography

[ hi-stawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, -stohr- ]
/ hɪˌstɔr iˈɒg rə fi, -ˌstoʊr- /
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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.

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Origin of historiography

1560–70; <Middle French historiographie<Greek historiographía.See history, -o-, -graphy

OTHER WORDS FROM historiography

his·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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British Dictionary definitions for historiography

historiography
/ (ˌhɪstɔːrɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun

the writing of history
the study of the development of historical method, historical research, and writing
any body of historical literature

Derived forms of historiography

historiographic (hɪˌstɔːrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or historiographical, adjective
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