Lucius Cornelius Alexander Polyhistor, c. 105 BC - 35 BC. Erudite Greek scholar who was sold into slavery in Rome, later freed and made a Roman citizen. His writings, said to have been extensive, survive only through quotes in the writings of others. His precise philosophical affiliation, if any, is unclear; he may have been largely a historian of philosophy.
Contains sites relating to the life and work of author and historian Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002).
Joyce Appleby, Stanford '50 Claremont Ph.D. '66, has been a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1981, having started her career at San Diego State University in 1967.
Writing on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and France in addition to early America, she has had an abiding interest in how changing economic systems prompted new ways of thinking about human nature and social action. Her principal works are Economic Thought and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century England (1978), Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s (1984), Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination (1992), and Telling the Truth about History, with Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob (1994). In 1997 she edited Recollections of the Early Republic: Selected Autobiographies from Northeastern University Press.
In 1991, she served as President of the Organization of American Historians, and in 1997 as the President of the American Historical Association.
Jacques Martin Barzun (born November 30, 1907) is a French-born American historian.
Daniel Joseph Boorstin (1914–2004) was an American historian, attorney, and writer. Received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in history. Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987.
Alan Brinkley (born 1949) is an American historian.
Christopher Brooke MA, Litt.D, CBE, FBA is a British historian, especially interested medieval history.
Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (1818–1897) was a Swiss historian. Burckhardt's best known work is The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860).
Thomas Cahill (born 1940 in New York City) is an American scholar and writer.
Sir David Nicholas Cannadine, FBA (born 1950) is a British historian.
Major works: Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain (1994), The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (1996), Ornamentalism: How the British saw their Empire (2001).
Description: Diogenes Laertius (Laertios), fl. 3rd century AD. Late classical biographer, an important but often unreliable source on the history of ancient philosophy. His sole extant work is known as The Lives of the Philosophers.
Diogenes Laertius (Laertios), fl. 3rd century AD. Late classical
biographer, an important but often unreliable source on the history
of ancient philosophy
. His sole extant work is known as The Lives of the Philosophers
Joseph John Ellis (born 1943) is an American historian. His book Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (2000) received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2001.
Sir Harold Matthew Evans (born 28 June 1928) is a British-born journalist and writer. Editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981 and The Times from 1981-82. In 1984, Evans moved to the United States, where he taught at Duke University. Founding editor of Conde Nast Traveler in 1986. President and publisher of Random House trade group from 1990 to 1997. His best known work is The American Century (1998), its sequel is They Made America (2004). Knighted for services to journalism in 2004.
Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. (1916– 2005) was an American novelist and a historian of the American Civil War. His main work is a three-volume history of the war entitled The Civil War: A Narrative.
Froissart (c. 1337 – c. 1405) was an important chronicler of medieval France. Froissart's Chronicles covers the years 1322 until 1400 and describes the conditions which created the Hundred Years' War and the first fifty years of the conflict.
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) was an English historian. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin John Gilbert CBE D.Litt. (born 1936) is a British historian. He is best known as the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. Many of his works are on the Holocaust and Jewish history.
Doris Kearns Goodwin (born Doris Helen Kearns, 1943) is an American biographer and historian. She has written several biographies of U.S. Presidents.
Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, (born 1917) is a historian, perhaps the most influential British Marxist historian of the late twentieth century.
Major works: The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 (1962), Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day (1968), The Age of Capital, 1848-1875 (1975), The Invention of Tradition (ed., with Terence Ranger) (1983), The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (1987), The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991, (1994)
The British intellectual historian and journalist Paul Johnson has authored 28 books, including The History of Christianity (1976), The History of the Jews (1987), The Intellectuals (1988), and The Birth of the Modern Age (1991).
His most famous and controversial work, Modern Times (1983), relates the history of twentieth-century tyrannies, arguing that communist totalitarian regimes defended by left-wing intellectuals are morally indistinguishable from the right-wing regimes they criticize.
Johnson lives with his wife, Marigold Hunt, in Bayswater, London.
Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan OBE (born 1934) is a British military historian and journalist.
William E. Leuchtenburg (b. 1922) is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The leading scholar of the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Author of several books on 20th century history.
Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859) was a British poet, historian and Whig politician. His most famous work is The History of England from the Accession of James the Second.
Pauline Maier (b. 1938) is a scholar of the American Revolution, the preceding era and post-revolutionary America.
Kenneth Owen Morgan, Baron Morgan (born 1934) is a Welsh historian. His writings are on Modern British history and on Welsh history.
Major works: The People's Peace: Britain since 1945 (1989, rev ed 2001).
Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, USNR (1887-1976) was an American naval historian, a 1961 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Emerson-Thoreau Medal for distinguished literary achievement, and of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
Nennius was a Welsh monk of the 9th century. He is known as the author of Historia Brittonum, a major contribution to the Arthurian legend.
Noel Geoffrey Parker (b. 1943) is an English historian. His best known work is Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (1988). He is closely identified with the hypothesis that Early Modern Europe underwent a military revolution which laid the foundation for future world dominance.
Sites about the sixth century Byzantine historian.
Andrew Roberts (born 1963) is a British conservative and historian.
Major works: The Holy Fox: A Biography of Lord Halifax (1991), Eminent Churchillians (1994), Salisbury: Victorian Titan (1999), A History of the English Speaking Peoples since 1900 (2006).
Edward Wadie Said (1935-2003) a Palestinian American literary theorist and advocate for Palestinian rights. Best for the book Orientalism (1978).
Simon Michael Schama, CBE (born 1945) is a British historian and art historian.
Major works: Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989), A History of Britain I-II-III (2000, 2001, 2002).
David Robert Starkey, CBE, FSA (born 1945) is a British historian, a specialist in the Tudor period. Widely known for his television series.
Louis "Studs" Terkel (1912–2008) was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster.
Arnold Toynbee (1852–1883) was an English economic historian. He is best known for The Industrial Revolution in England, and is sometimes credited with popularizing the term “industrial revolution.”
He was the uncle of Arnold J. Toynbee.
Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889–1975) was a British historian.
His most famous work, A Study of History, was published in twelve volumes between 1934 and 1961 and traces the development of about two dozen civilizations. In it, Toynbee famously posits world history as a succession of civilizations rather than states, that these civilizations pass through stages of development, and that the demise of civilizations owes to moral or religious failures rather than external ones.
Zosimus is believed to have been a Byzantine, as he wrote in Greek and cited Greek sources. His primary work was the polemic Historia Nova, a "new history" in which he attributes the fall of Roman power to barbarization and the decline of paganism. Although occasionally confusing people and chronologies, he is considered an important source for fourth and fifth century Roman history, and particularly studied for his account of Rome's withdrawal from Britain in the early fifth century.