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James M. Banner Jr. and John R. Gillis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226036564

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226036595.001.0001

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Toward Ethnographic History

Toward Ethnographic History

Figures in the Landscape, Action in the Texts

(p.1) Toward Ethnographic History
Becoming Historians

Rhys Isaac

University of Chicago Press

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

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