The field of crusade studies needs more books like this one: well-written, accessible to students, stimulating to experts, and moving the field in new directions. George Demacopoulos’s new book takes on a question with particular punch in the academy at the moment: to what extent are current debates about race, colonization, and imperialism relevant to medieval studies? While Demacopoulos’s work does not touch directly on the question of race (as defined in modern terms), his book is an argument for the relevance of contemporary theory for understanding power, discourse, and difference in the medieval world.

Colonizing Christianity tackles this question by turning to a subject that at first glance might not seem ideal: the Fourth Crusade. Unlike many other crusades, the Fourth Crusade was not directed against Muslims, and the eventual target of the crusade was itself an imperial...

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