The Shallow End of History? The Substance and Future of Political Biography

  title={The Shallow End of History? The Substance and Future of Political Biography},
  author={Lucy Riall},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • Lucy Riall
  • Published 6 January 2010
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
The Great Man tradition of political life-writing in Britain originated in the Dictionary of National Biography (which commenced publication in 1882) and continues to this day in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The commercial popularity of the genre has persisted despite the challenges of post-structuralism and the rise of cultural and gender history. Contemporary political biographers who wish to incorporate new methodologies in their work, however, could approach the lives of… 

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