Book Review – The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

Written by Claire Weeda

Heng, Geraldine. The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Every discipline is in many intimate ways intimately connected to its object of study. In pre-modern historical sciences, the question of whether racism already existed in the European ‘Middle Ages’ is directly related to the diversity within the discipline. Cultural historian Claire Weeda argues that before we can seriously investigate racism in the ‘Middle Ages’, the concept of the ‘Middle Ages’ itself must be viewed very critically.

You can read this review (in Dutch) here.

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