Michel-Rolph Trouillot closed his 1995 Silencing the Past by reminding us that “History doesn’t belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it in their own hands.” This is nowhere more true than in two historical periods seldom in conversation - the medieval phenomenon called the “Crusades,” and the 19th-century American Civil War. Scholars here seek to clarify these periods among themselves, while popular audiences voraciously consume these and other retellings of the past, and others on the political left and right “take it in their own hands” by toppling monuments or explicitly evoking these periods as direct predecessors of their own.
To spur further conversation across specializations and disciplines, to compare the utility of certain methodologies and approaches, and to consider these periods’ appropriation into modern politics, Dr. Matthew Gabriele and his graduate assistant, John R. Legg, seek proposals for chapters to be included in an edited volume focused on the exploration of historical memory, the Crusades, and the American Civil War. This edited collection will likely be a part of Routledge's Engaging the Crusades—a series that highlights the emergence and vitality of the Crusades memory and legacy. As such, essays should be comparative in some fundamental way, engaging both the Crusades and the American experience of Civil War and Reconstruction.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and current CV as one Word doc or PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 28, 2019. Please also be aware that edited volumes in this series are limited to 50,000 words. In light of this, we ask that final submissions be limited to approximately 5,000 words in length.