What is a historian?
A historian has the fascinating job of studying and interpreting the past. When people need detailed information about the past, they go to historians to get the facts. These people write history books on all kinds of subjects, times, people, and places. From ancient history, to a specific decade, to a specific historical event, historians will study and find data to share that information with the public.
What does a historian do?
There are many types of historians, each with a specialty or a specific area of study in which they are experts. These specialties range from a specific time period, country or region. For example, a historian might specialize in the history of Spain with a particular command of the culture of the 1960s. Another example of a specialization could be Vietnam history with a concentration on warfare. Historians can also specialize in the type of history, such as women’s history, or science. However, although many historians specialize in one subject, they are expected to have a general base of knowledge of history.
Historians study the written records of history; This is where they get the support and evidence to back up their interpretation of the event or time period in question.
It’s their job to go over all the written documents they can find, and then collect all the information to form some kind of historical narrative. They are then able to answer questions about what happened, who was involved, why, etc.
More than most historians work in colleges or universities, and much of what these historians do involves teaching courses or serving some role in a history department. The work of historians in colleges and universities also largely involves conducting research and writing articles or books.
Historians who do not work in colleges or universities can work as archivists, helping to collect and preserve important historical documents, or they can work with government agencies and be involved in helping preserve buildings. They may also be consultants for the media tasked with making sure that all aspects of the show or film in question are historically accurate.
What is the workplace of a historian like?
The workplace of a historian is one of focus and silence. Many historians spend most of their time in offices at colleges or universities, in libraries, or in classrooms. They may take some trips to historical sites or archives for research purposes.