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History: World

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Blackwell Dictionary of Historians.  D 14 .B58 1988
Contains over 450 biographical entries that indicate the scholarly reputation of historians, the circumstances in which they worked, and the extent to which their work has subsequently been confirmed or refuted.

Great Historians from Antiquity to 1800 : An International Dictionary D 14 .G74 1989
This work provides biographical information about the great historical writers from antiquity to the end of the 18th century. Entries are arranged by country, and then alphabetically by the author's last name.

Great Historians of the Modern Age: An International Dictionary  D 14 .G75 1991
Focuses on historians of the 19th and 20th centuries, providing critical information about the historian's life and work. The work is arranged by country, and then alphabetically by the historian's name.

Who is the "Father of History?"

Bust of fifth century BC historian, Herodotus,often called the Father of History.

Herodotus, 5th century BC, is often called the "Father of History" since he was the first to collect his data systematically, evaluate its accuracy, and arrange the information in a logical narrative.  He is best known for his work on the Persian Wars.

(Bust of Herodotus. 2nd century AD. Roman copy of a Greek original; Agora Museum, Athens.  Herodotus; Wikimedia Commons)

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