What It Means to Be a Historian Today

The most important "rule" for any aspiring historian is to be yourself as historian, not the professional that others want you to be.

Lecture Description

Designed principally as a general guide to graduate students as they commence their preparations to be professional historians, this lecture, building on Banner’s 2012 book, Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History, reviews the state of the discipline of history today, proposes the practices and institutions deserving of attention in both academic and public history arenas, and ends on the necessity of graduate students’ charting the professional courses best for them.

CATEGORIES

General and Historiography

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