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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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Becoming Historians

John R. Gillis

University of Chicago Press

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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