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Toward Ethnographic History

Rhys Isaac

in Becoming Historians

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226036564
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226036595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226036595.003.0001
Toward Ethnographic History

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This chapter presents historian Rhys Isaac's memoirs, which trace how he became interested in ethnographic history. Together with his twin brother Glynn, Isaac took early interest in history, reading books such as Wilhelm Hedrick Van Loon's Lives and Will Durant's Age of Faith at his home in South Africa. He came to appreciate that the significant past is not an Old Country monopoly, and learned to focus on the landscape before him and imagine the stories of its peopling. Even after his retirement from an academic position, Isaac plans to research and write, and to find whatever ways he can to open doors for young aspiring historians.

Keywords: historian; memoirs; Rhys Isaac; ethnographic history; Lives; Age of Faith

Chapter.  11153 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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