A historian is someone who is an authority on history. Your American History textbook was written by a historian.

If you've ever taken a history class, chances are it was taught by a historian — someone who is an expert on history. You don't get to be a historian overnight; most historians have studied history for years and have a Master's or Ph.D. in history. If you want an informed opinion on past elections, wars, disasters, and trends, talk to a historian or read a book by one. Historians are experts on the past.

Definitions of historian
  1. noun
    a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it
    synonyms: historiographer
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    Hannah Arendt
    United States historian and political philosopher (born in Germany) (1906-1975)
    the Venerable Bede
    (Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735)
    Thomas Carlyle
    Scottish historian who wrote about the French Revolution (1795-1881)
    William James Durant
    United States historian (1885-1981)
    Eusebius of Caesarea
    Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine; a church historian and a leading early Christian exegete (circa 270-340)
    John Hope Franklin
    United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
    Samuel Rawson Gardiner
    British historian remembered for his ten-volume history of England (1829-1902)
    Edward Gibbon
    English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)
    the ancient Greek known as the father of history; his accounts of the wars between the Greeks and Persians are the first known examples of historical writing (485-425 BC)
    Joseph ben Matthias
    Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)
    John Knox
    Scottish theologian who founded Presbyterianism in Scotland and wrote a history of the Reformation in Scotland (1514-1572)
    Titus Livius
    Roman historian whose history of Rome filled 142 volumes (of which only 35 survive) including the earliest history of the war with Hannibal (59 BC to AD 17)
    Thomas Babington Macaulay
    English historian noted for his history of England (1800-1859)
    Alfred Thayer Mahan
    United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
    Frederic William Maitland
    English historian noted for his works on the history of English law (1850-1906)
    John Bach McMaster
    United States historian who wrote a nine volume history of the people of the United States (1852-1932)
    Theodor Mommsen
    German historian noted for his history of Rome (1817-1903)
    Barthold George Niebuhr
    German historian noted for his critical approach to sources and for his history of Rome (1776-1831)
    Cyril Northcote Parkinson
    British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909-1993)
    James Harvey Robinson
    United States historian who stressed the importance of intellectual and social events for the course of history (1863-1936)
    Saxo Grammaticus
    Danish historian who chronicled the history of Denmark (including the legend of Hamlet) (1150?-1220?)
    Arthur Meier Schlesinger
    United States historian (1888-1965)
    Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.
    United States historian and advisor to President Kennedy (born in 1917)
    William Stubbs
    English historian noted for his constitutional history of medieval England (1825-1901)
    Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    Roman historian who wrote major works on the history of the Roman Empire (56-120)
    ancient Greek historian remembered for his history of the Peloponnesian War (460-395 BC)
    Arnold Joseph Toynbee
    English historian who studied the rise and fall of civilizations looking for cyclical patterns (1889-1975)
    Sir George Otto Trevelyan
    English historian who wrote a history of the American revolution and a biography of his uncle Lord Macaulay (1838-1928)
    George Macaulay Trevelyan
    English historian and son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan whose works include a social history of England and a biography of Garibaldi (1876-1962)
    Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
    United States historian (1912-1989)
    Frederick Jackson Turner
    United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
    Sir Paul Gavrilovich Vinogradoff
    British historian (born in Russia) (1854-1925)
    Fourth Earl of Orford
    English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)
    Eliezer Wiesel
    United States writer (born in Romania) who survived Nazi concentration camps and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust (born in 1928)
    Comer Vann Woodward
    United States historian (1908-1999)
    Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)
    Geoffrey of Monmouth
    Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)
    Erwin Panofsky
    art historian (1892-1968)
    Giorgio Vasari
    Italian painter and art historian (1511-1574)
    Aby Moritz Warburg
    German art historian (1866-1929)
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann
    German archaeologist and art historian said to be the father of archaeology (1717-1768)
    a historian who writes annals
    art historian
    a historian of art
    someone who writes chronicles
    type of:
    bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
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