E. H. Carr wrote, "study the historian ahead of you start to review the facts." This e-book techniques the existence, paintings, rules, debates, and the context of key twentieth- and 21st-century historians via an research in their existence writing initiatives seen as historiographical resources. Merging literary experiences on autobiography with theories of historical past, it presents a scientific and exact research of the autobiographies of the main notable historians, from the vintage texts through Giambattista Vico, Edward Gibbon and Henry Adams, to the Annales historians reminiscent of Fernand Braudel, Philippe Ariès and Georges Duby, to Marxist historians similar to Eric Hobsbawm and Annie Kriegel, to postmodern historians equivalent to Carolyn Steedman, Robert A. Rosenstone, Carlos ireland, Luisa Passerini, Elisabeth Roudinesco, Gerda Lerner and Sheila Fitzpatrick, and to "interventional" historians akin to Geoff Eley, Jill Ker Conway, Natalie Davis and Gabrielle Spiegel. utilizing a comparative method of those texts, this ebook identifies six historical-autobiographical types: humanistic, biographic, ego-historical, monographic, postmodern, and interventional. by way of privileging historians' autobiographies, this publication proposes a renewed historical past of historiography, one who engages the theoretical evolution of the self-discipline, the way in which heritage has been interpreted by means of historians, and the currents of notion and ideologies that experience ruled and stimulated its writing within the twentieth and twenty first centuries.