6 Historians Chronicling Important Stories From The Past

We all learn the basics of history in school, but too often our understanding of the past is rooted in traditional narratives and misconceptions. These historians take the time to do thorough research, challenging established ideas and correcting societal assumptions, ensuring that forgotten or misunderstood figures have their contributions recognized. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Notable Historians Writing Accessible Works

Name Popular Titles
Sarah Peverley John Hardyng, Chronicle: Edited from British Library MS Lansdowne 204: Volume 1 (Edited by) Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture (Contributor) Medieval Historical Writing: Britain and Ireland, 500–1500 (Contributor)
Dominic Selwood Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers Knights Of The Cloister: Templars And Hospitallers In Central Southern Occitania, 1100-1300 The Sword of Moses
Jeremy C. Young The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870–1940 Transformation in the Tabernacle: Billy Sunday’s Converts and Emotional Experience in the Progressive Era (published in The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era) Empowering Passivity: Women Spiritualists, Houdini, and the 1926 Fortune Telling Hearing (published in Journal of Social History)
Thurston Clarke Pearl Harbor Ghosts: The Legacy of December 7, 1941 JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War
Mar Hicks Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing Hacking the Cis-tem (published in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing) A Feature, Not a Bug (published in Technology's Stories from the Society for the History of Technology)
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North Alis the Aviator (Illustrated by Kalpna Patel

Thurston Clarke on JFK's Last Hundred Days

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Alexandria, VA Mount Vernon, the Carlyle House, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, and excursions like the Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour
Cabarrus County, NC The Charlotte Motor Speedway, Reed Gold Mine, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and the Billy Graham Library
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In Depth

The study of history is both entertaining and educational, and historians are key to bringing these vital stories to life. From exploring the role of women in technology to tales of aviation's past, here, in no particular order, are experts dedicated to recounting the essential narratives of yesteryear.

At #1 is Professor Sarah Peverley, a medievalist, book historian, and broadcaster. She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Hull, and has contributed to the publications Broken Lines and Tales of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table. She was awarded a British Academy research grant to study a collection of fifteenth century English manuscripts in Tokyo, Japan.

Peverley has published and broadcast on a wide range of subjects, including Stonehenge, medieval animals, mermaids, and Game of Thrones. She directs The Liverpool Players and is an advisory editor for The Literary Encyclopedia. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and one of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers. She lives in England with her family.

She lives in England with her family.

Entering the list at #2 is historian, journalist, and novelist Dominic Selwood. He is the author of the international number one bestseller The Sword of Moses, and has also penned the historical books Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers and Knights of the Cloister.

Selwood writes about history for the Daily Telegraph. Other media outlets he's written for include The Spectator and The Catholic Herald. He has appeared on a number of radio and television programs discussing such subjects as King Henry VIII, the Elgin Marbles, and the British Royal Family.

Coming in at #3 is Jeremy C. Young, a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth century United States, with particular interests in social movements and political communication. He is the author of The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940, which explores culture and politics of the era. His scholarly writings have also appeared in Forest History Today and New England Quarterly.

His scholarly writings have also appeared in Forest History Today and New England Quarterly.

Young is an assistant professor at Dixie State University, where he teaches in the history and political science department. His editorials have appeared in such newspapers as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, and the Salt Lake Tribune. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

In the #4 spot is Thurston Clarke, whose book, Pearl Harbor Ghosts, was the basis of a CBS documentary, while his bestselling biography of Raoul Wallenberg, Lost Hero, was made into an award winning NBC miniseries. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Another of his works, Honorable Exit, examines the history of the last days of the Vietnam War, and was a selection of the Military Book Club. Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite, calls it brilliant, while Publishers Weekly hails it as riveting. Clarke also penned the novel 13 O'Clock, a fictionalized story about the writer George Orwell.

Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite, calls it brilliant, while Publishers Weekly hails it as riveting.

At #5 is Mar Hicks, who conducts research on the history of computing, labor, and queer science and technology studies. The author's award winning book, Programmed Inequality, examines how the British lost their early lead in computing by discarding women who worked in the field. It won the 2018 Wadsworth Prize from the British Business Archives Council.

Hicks is an associate professor of history at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, teaching courses on the history of tech and gender, and sexuality studies. Speaking engagements include Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and MIT, with media appearances encompassing such outlets as Forbes, the Guardian, BBC Radio, and NPR.

Wrapping up the list at #6 is Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, a writer, researcher, and historian whose work focuses on hidden stories about aviation and reconciliation. Her book, For the Love of Flying, tells the sixty year history of Laurentian Air Services. It includes anecdotes from the cockpits of such famous bush planes as the Beaver and Grumman Goose.

Her book, For the Love of Flying, tells the sixty year history of Laurentian Air Services.

A native of Canada, Metcalfe-Chenail received her history degrees from McGill and the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Creative Nonfiction Collective, and the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. Chatelaine named her Maverick of the Year, while Avenue Edmonton listed her as one of its Top 40 Under 40.