Definition of historiography in English:



  • 1The study of historical writing.

    • ‘It is doubtful, however, that Edwards' work would have anticipated modern historiography as some claim.’
    • ‘They view the historical past only through the eyes of historians, history as pre-packaged by historiography.’
    • ‘The other founding father of modern historiography is the French medievalist Marc Bloch, author of The Historian's Craft.’
    • ‘But Tacitus did not write according to the canons of modern historiography.’
    • ‘Although there are other facets of the history and historiography of Islamic iconoclasm that merit analysis, my aim here is twofold.’
    • ‘Early medieval Christianity has a bad odour in modern historiography.’
    • ‘As the Middle Ages continued, rhetoric stayed present in historiography, but other elements began to emerge.’
    • ‘The purpose of this essay is to write a subversive historiography of polka.’
    • ‘To overcome the objections raised by analytic philosophy and secular historiography, apologetics needs to shift its ground.’
    • ‘Together, they amount to a substantial critique of the history and historiography of witchcraft, sexuality and religion in early modern Europe.’
    • ‘These features have interesting parallels with accounting history and historiography.’
    • ‘From where a historian speaks or writes may impact historiography as much as when one speaks.’
    • ‘The real abyss separating Deutscher from modern historiography is a moral one.’
    • ‘Well, like a bad remake of The Paper Chase, I found myself in a required humanities seminar on historiography.’
    • ‘Written histories always become historiography; all history is historiography.’
    • ‘Plato is an especially fruitful figure for application of rhetorical approaches to historiography and interpretation.’
    • ‘Needless to say, recalling this episode in the historiography of German Renaissance studies is not to validate it.’
    • ‘But it serves as a reminder of several points relating to history, historiography, and the current Indian situation.’
    • ‘When he went to study in Britian the dominant theme of nationalist historiography was the study of plantation societies in the Caribbean.’
    • ‘His Iberian study also serves to exemplify advances in medieval research and historiography since the series' predecessor.’
    1. 1.1The writing of history.
      • ‘Clete Daniel has now filled in this gap in the historiography with his beautifully written new book, Culture of Misfortune.’
      • ‘Barker researched the novel at various libraries in Great Britain and pieced together this historiography using both fact and fiction.’
      • ‘This collection of essays on history and historiography by the American historian was first published in 1987.’
      • ‘It's a very thoughtful stab at a new kind of urban historiography - a contemporary, subjective, visual way of writing a city's history.’
      • ‘Koyre's idealist historiography of science reinforced the postpositivist tendency to assimilate the history of science to the history of ideas.’
      • ‘Modern Basque historiography blames the monarchy of Navarre for failing to integrate the particularities of the local legal system.’
      • ‘Although he was writing about literature, Steiner's words apply equally to historiography.’
      • ‘What is the relationship between historiography and the writing of historical novels?’
      • ‘If for no other reason, many scholars may have been intimidated by a historiography written largely in Dutch.’


Mid 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek historiographia, from historia narrative, history + graphia writing.