What is historian?

  • (noun): A person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it.
    Synonyms: historiographer

Historian

A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it. Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time. If the individual is concerned with events preceding written history, the individual is a historian of prehistory. Although "historian" can be used to describe amateur and professional historians alike, it is reserved more recently for those who have acquired graduate degrees in the discipline. Some historians, though, are recognized by publications or training and experience. "Historian" became a professional occupation in the late nineteenth century as research universities were emerging in Germany and elsewhere.

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... person, and did honor the gifts and graces of God in him." New England divine and historian Cotton Mather spoke of him as "being a man that had the root of the matter ...
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... Many historians are employed at universities and other facilities for post-secondary education ... Professional historians typically work in colleges and universities, archival centers, government agencies, museums, and as freelance writers and consultants ...
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... Sir John Boardman, FBA (born 20 August 1927) is a classical art historian and archaeologist, "Britain's most distinguished historian of ancient Greek art." ...
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... Cernozura In charge of the castle maids and other lower staff, Cernozura has recently taken up the post of castle historian as well ... Renowned for her culinary skills, Cernozura is a favorite of the younger members of the castle and a close friend and lady-in-waiting to Lady Raseleane ...

Famous quotes containing the word historian:

    I foresee the time when the painter will paint that scene, no longer going to Rome for a subject; the poet will sing it; the historian record it; and, with the Landing of the Pilgrims and the Declaration of Independence, it will be the ornament of some future national gallery, when at least the present form of slavery shall be no more here. We shall then be at liberty to weep for Captain Brown. Then, and not till then, we will take our revenge.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    It is clear that everybody interested in science must be interested in world 3 objects. A physical scientist, to start with, may be interested mainly in world 1 objects—say crystals and X-rays. But very soon he must realize how much depends on our interpretation of the facts, that is, on our theories, and so on world 3 objects. Similarly, a historian of science, or a philosopher interested in science must be largely a student of world 3 objects.
    Karl Popper (1902–1994)

    Critical acumen is exerted in vain to uncover the past; the past cannot be presented; we cannot know what we are not. But one veil hangs over past, present, and future, and it is the province of the historian to find out, not what was, but what is. Where a battle has been fought, you will find nothing but the bones of men and beasts; where a battle is being fought, there are hearts beating.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)