Becoming a Gay Historian

Paul Robinson

in Becoming Historians

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226036564
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226036595 | DOI:
Becoming a Gay Historian

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This chapter presents historian Paul Robinson's memoirs, which trace how he became interested in history. Robinson, who became deeply interested in politics during the 1948 election, loved music and believes that listening to his records and later playing some of the pieces in the local youth orchestra introduced him to a distinctly historical way of thinking. History provided him with an accommodating home for his labors and its ecumenical spirit has indulged his rather idiosyncratic passions.

Keywords: historian; memoirs; Paul Robinson; politics; 1948 election; music; historical thinking

Chapter.  13523 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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