James Banner’s Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History should be required reading for every first-year student enrolled in a history graduate program. There is no other book like it.
Banner is a history veteran. He taught at Princeton from 1966 to 1980 and then left to start the American Association for the Advancement of the Humanities. He co-founded the History News Service (where he shepherded some of my first attempts to write op-eds) and the National History Center. I can’t think of a better person to write an introduction to the historical profession. Banner has done it all.
than writing a formal review of the book, I have chosen, fitting with
the blog format, to focus my attention on a few pertinent points. I
hope this quick and dirty analysis will prompt you to pick the book up.
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