Saturday, December 13, 2008
This is coolbert:
"Narrative history is the practice of writing history in a story-based form. It can be divided into two sub genres: the traditional narrative and the modern narrative."
Here are some historians that have written commercially viable, best-seller material. Persons NOT trained in a classical academic sense, but, nonetheless, talented writers who became esteemed and enjoyed success in a way the professorial academic type does not!
1. Bruce Catton.
2. Shelby Foote.
* Neither man had a baccalaureate degree.
* Neither man was trained as a historian.
* Both men had only the most limited of military experience.
* Both men wrote in the narrative style of histiography.
"Both men wrote in the narrative style of histiography. Narrative history is a genre of factual historical writing that uses chronology as its framework (as opposed to a thematic treatment of a historical subject)."
And we cannot forget a woman who ALSO wrote very good military history.
3. Barbara Tuchman.
* Was also not trained as a historian.
* Did not have ANY military experience [as you might expect]!
* Also wrote military history in the narrative style.
* Was highly educated [Radcliffe college]!
* Was from an esteemed family with impeccable credentials and connections.
[even a professional soldier complimented Tuchman in that she was able to differentiate between a "flank" and a "wing" This is a high compliment considering the source?]
All three, Catton, Foote, and Tuchman, at one time or another, worked as journalists.
Foote also had minor career as a novelist!
All three wrote military history THAT WAS NOT dry, boring, turgid!! On the contrary! Wrote for the “masses”, in the narrative style that WAS ENTERTAINING!!