Document Type

Interview

Duration

00:50:40

Publication Date

9-7-2012

Journal, Book or Conference Title

New Books Network

Abstract

What is a historian? How are they trained? What do they do? What should they do? Are they doing it well? These important questions addressed in James M. Banner, Jr.'s excellent Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Banner knows whereof he speaks: he's been working historical trade in various capacities (far more varied than most, I'm happy to say) for half a century. He's a careful observer, a trenchent critic, and (something I found refreshing) an unrelenting optimist. In this interview he talks about the historical discipline, professional historians, and historians (including history majors!) working in a great variety of occupations. If you are a thinking about studying history, already study history, or are in one of the historical trades, you would do well to read this book.

Keywords

Academic books, Academic podcasts, Author interviews, Book podcasts, Books about history, Historians, History, History books, History podcasts, Podcasts about books, Podcasts about history

Rights

Copyright © 2012 New Books In History

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/history_nbih/194