Scholarship, politics and the ‘golden age’ of research
in The Debate on the Crusades
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German crusade scholarship precisely mirrored the contrast between methodological innovation and conceptual conservatism. Friedrich Wilken established a narrative that exerted a similar influence in Germany as Joseph-François Michaud's had in France. Leopold von Ranke's pupil von Heinrich von Sybel challenged traditional approaches to reading texts, even if he replaced them with his own somewhat illusory romantic vision of the genesis of narrative sources. German philologists and historians, along with similarly inclined scholars in France, provided a more secure basis for research and writing. Contributors to the Archives included historians from across Europe, including some of the most innovative and influential figures from what had been described as 'the golden age of crusade studies'. One effect of the politicisation of crusade studies was, perhaps paradoxically, the draining of ideological and confessional concern.

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