On the wikipedia page for BJT biasing, there are about 4 different biasing methods discussed. I can analyze and understand each one of them, however I want to know how and in what order people came up with them - what problems they had and how they tried to solve them. From what I know, most of the time you would use a voltage divider with emitter degeneration, however that doesn't look like it was the first thing people thought of when they wanted to do biasing. For example, I would assume that someone first just tried a fixed bias, but then realized that it doesn't account for beta variations and is unstable, etc.
I'm happy with either a comprehensive answer or some kind of reference to a book, article, paper or anything really. I'm asking this because I want to go through the same process myself in order to better understand things.