Jonathan Steinberg On Biography As History

02/10/2011 12:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jonathan Steinberg blog.oup.com

Big biographies of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Churchill, Lyndon Johnson and many others pour from the pens of the most distinguished academic historians. My Bismarck: A Life, which appears in February in the UK and April in the USA, will, I hope, find readers both in the professional historical profession and among the public. What has changed? Why has biography become respectable as a form of research?

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