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Who is the Historian?


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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Spaces in Which We Work 2. The Sources We Use 3. The Web of the Historian's Work 4. The Historian in the Digital Age 5. The Skill Set of the Historian 6. History, the Historian, and the Humanities Further Reading

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In these thoughtful reflections, Nigel A. Raab reminds us that in a world awash in digital information, historians remain integral to the interpretation of our humanness. -- Virginia H. Aksan, McMaster University This slim volume will help students understand their own humanity through the sights, sounds, and physicality of their relationship with the past. While previous generations of historians read their dog-eared copies of E.H. Carr's What Is History?, today's students of history will pick up their copies of Raab's Who Is the Historian? and seek themselves within its pages. -- Rebekah A. Klein-Pejsova, Purdue University

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Nigel A. Raab is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of Democracy Burning? Urban Fire Departments and the Limits of Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia, 1850-1914 (2011), and The Crisis from Within: Historians, Theory, and the Humanities (2015.


It is a welcome acknowledgement by the author that the historian depends on many other people in the universe of doing history but also acknowledges that the individual historian works alone but often also in collaboration and often outside academe. The great strength of this book is the acknowledgment that historians never really work in isolation. -- Left History Nigel A. Raab's engaging style, starting with his own admission of uncertainty as a student, and his undisguised passion for history will be both a comfort and an inspiration for those who are looking for direction. His gentle instruction as to how to make yourself a better historian will likewise be a helpful tool for those who are just beginning to learn how to investigate the past. --

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