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Controversial Histories – Current Views on the Crusades
Engaging the Crusades, Volume Three

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ISBN 9780367511272
February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

Engaging the Crusades is a series of volumes which offer windows into a newly-emerging field of historical study: the memory and legacy of the Crusades. Together these volumes examine the reasons behind the enduring resonance of the Crusades and present the memory of crusading in the modern period as a productive, exciting and much needed area of investigation.

Controversial Histories assembles current international views on the Crusades from across Europe, Russia, Turkey, the USA and the Near and Middle East. Historians from the related countries present short narratives that deal with two questions: What were the Crusades? and What do they mean to "us" today? Narratives are from one of possible several "typical" points of view of the related country and present an international comparison of the dominant image of each respective historical culture and cultures of remembrance. Bringing together ‘victim perspectives’ and ‘perpetrator perspectives’, ‘key players’ and ‘minor players’, they reveal both shared and conflicting memories of different groups. The narratives are framed by an introduction about the historical and political significance of the Crusades, and the question of history education in a globalized world with contradicting narratives is discussed, along with guidelines on how to use the book for teaching at university level.

Offering extensive material and presenting a profile of international, academic opinions on the Crusades, Controversial Histories is the ideal resource for students and educators of Crusades history in a global context as well as military history and the history of memory.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme

2 Experts write about historical cultures – theoretical premises and methodological comments

Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme

3 International views on the Crusades

3.1 The ambiguous memory of Norwegian crusading – a view friom Norway

Kristin B. Aavitsland

3.2 ‘Frankish invasions’ and ‘a cosmic struggle between Islam and Christianity’ – A view from Jordan

Mazhar Al-Zo'by

3.3 The idea of crusading is still alive in the West – a view from Russia

Vardan Bagdasarjan

3.4 Still a particular interest in the former 'Outremer' – a (first) view from France

Michel Balard

3.5 The ‘Island of the Knights’ at the fault line to the Islamic World – a view from Malta

Emanuel Buttigieg

3.6 Crusades and maritime expansion – a view from Portugal

Paula Maria de Carvalho Pinto Costa

3.7 The crusades confront the orthodox – a Greek Cypriot viewpoint

Nicholas Coureas

3.8 Western aggression and Greco-Latin interaction – a view from Greece

Nikolaos G. Chrissis

3.9 The former victors over the Crusades in Palestine – a view from Egypt

Taef El-Azhari

3.10 A hostile and aggressive stance of the West towards Turkey based on othering and a double standard – a view from Turkey

Mehmet Ersan

3.11 A Crusader-flag falling from the sky – a view from Denmark

Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt

3.12 Reconquista as Crusade? – a view from Spain

Luis García-Guijarro Ramos

3.13 The heirs of the first Crusader Kings – a view from Belgium

Thérèse de Hemptinne

3.14 In the light and shadow of Richard the Lionheart – a view from the United Kingdom

Mike Horswell and Jonathan Phillips

3.15 A state of continuous rape and violation – a view from Syria

Mohamad Isa

3.16 The deplorable crusades – a view from Sweden

Kurt Villads Jensen

3.17 Neither Rome nor Baghdad: the Crusades – a view from Ireland

Conor Kostick

3.18 For too long French historians were not critical enough – a (second) view from France

Guy Lobrichon

3.19 In the frontiers of the former kingdom of Jerusalem: risk of misunderstandings – a view from Israel

Sophia Menache

3.20 Fighting at the Nile between history and fantasy – a view from the Netherlands

Jaap van Moolenbroek

3.21 The destiny of the West. America and the crusades – a view from the USA

Mark Pegg

3.22 From Grunwald to Vienna – a view from Poland

Karol Polejowski

3.23 The Teutonic Order forgotten today – a view from Germany

Malte Prietzel

3.24 Constantinople pillaged, Venice risen and Gerusalemme Liberata – a view from Italy

Luigi Russo

3.25 700 years of slavery – a view from Estonia

Anti Selart

3.26 The axe of Lalli and the cap of St. Henry – a view from Finland

Miikka Tamminen

3.27 The Crusaders as allies – a view from Georgia

Mamuka Tsurtsumia

4 First interpretations of the case studies

Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme

5 Historical education under the conditions of conflicting narratives in a globalized world

Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme

6 Methodological suggestions and concrete tasks for working with this book at school and university level

Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme

7 Epilogue

Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme

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Felix Hinz is Professor of Politics and History and their Didactics at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany.

Johannes Meyer-Hamme is Professor of Theory and Didactics of History at the University of Paderborn, Germany.