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John R. Gillis

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/9780226036595.003.0007
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This chapter presents historian John R. Gillis's memoirs, which trace how he became interested in history. Gillis does not recall anything in his childhood that would have led him to become a historian. His memoirs describe his experiences in studying history at Amherst College, and of teaching it at Princeton University and Rutgers University. They also discuss Gillis's first exposure to what was to become the new British social history.

Keywords: historian; memoirs; John R. Gillis; history; British social history; Amherst College; Princeton University; Rutgers University

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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