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An official history is a work of history which is sponsored, authorised, or endorsed by its subject. The term is most commonly used for histories which are produced at a government's behest.[1]

Governments have commissioned official histories for a range of purposes. These include promoting the government's achievements, reflecting on past practices, commemorating events and to providing an authoritative record for other historians to draw from.[1] Military history is a particularly common topic for official histories to cover.[1] Examples of official military histories include the Australian series Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 and Australia in the War of 1939–1945 and the British series History of the Great War and History of the Second World War.


  1. ^ a b c MacIntyre, Stuart (2001). "Official history". in Graeme Davison, John Hirst and Stuart Macintyre. The Oxford Companion to Australian History (Oxford Reference Online ed.). Oxford University Press.  



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