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Old September 7th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #1

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Who is your favorite historian?


We all will have different answers depending on time periods we cover.

However, who do you think is the greatest historian? And why?
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Old September 7th, 2011, 08:13 PM   #2

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Are you talking about modern historians (as in, from a modern period onwards) who focused on any subject, or all historians over the course of history in its entirety?
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Old September 7th, 2011, 08:22 PM   #3

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The smart money is to go with a modern historian. Obviously the ancients were riddled with problems. However, I am open to any answer.

Maybe someone has a personal affection, for whatever reason, to an ancient historian.

If you read both, it would be great to hear two historians from ancient to modern.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #4

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I'm going to go with my favorite historical authors; they are historians.
William C. Davis
Andrew Burstein
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
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Old September 7th, 2011, 09:23 PM   #5
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Francis Parkman, while not PC for modern tastes, his works were pure art.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #6

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I've always enjoyed Edmund Morgan, then again, I do thoroughly enjoy Puritan history.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #7

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AJP Taylor, he was a troublemaker.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 09:52 AM   #8
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Paul Johnson. His book 'A history of the American People' is brilliant. Should be text for students.
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I've always enjoyed Edmund Morgan, then again, I do thoroughly enjoy Puritan history.
I hold Edmund Morgan in especial high regard. His American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia has been a longtime favourite of mine. History at it's best, imo.
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Paul Johnson. His book 'A history of the American People' is brilliant. Should be text for students.
His The Offshore Islanders - A history of the English People is also excellent as is his history of the Jews. His writing is very engaging.
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