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James M. Banner, Jr., "Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History"
New Books Network
  • Marshall Poe, University of Iowa
  • James M. Banner, Jr.
Document Type
Interview
Duration
00:50:40
Publication Date
9-7-2012
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
Disciplines
Citation Information
Marshall Poe and James M. Banner. "James M. Banner, Jr., "Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History"" New Books Network (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marshall_poe/336/