“the book would have benefited from an acknowledgement (sic) that the author’[s] readings and interpretations came from their position as white males”
This area of history has been under attack from the left for years as being racist. Even this attempt to appease the left didn’t work.
The College Fix reports:
New Middle Ages book aiming for inclusivity accused of still being too white
A relatively new book about the Middle Ages that includes the stories of women and minorities has been accused of whitewashing history and centering white males, prompting a lively debate among medieval scholars.
“The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe” aimed to be inclusive and correct misconceptions about the Middle Ages. It is authored by Matthew Gabriele, professor of medieval studies and chair of the Department of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech, and David Perry, a journalist and historian.
“The word ‘medieval’ conjures images of the ‘Dark Ages’—centuries of ignorance, superstition, stasis, savagery, and poor hygiene. But the myth of darkness obscures the truth; this was a remarkable period in human history,” according to its description.
Gabriele and Perry “refute common misperceptions of the European Middle Ages, showing the beauty and communion that flourished alongside the dark brutality.”
But historian Mary Rambaran-Olm, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, has published a negative review of the book. Rambaran-Olm accused its authors of whitewashing medieval history in her April 27 Medium review headlined “Sounds About White.”
She argued the book is not progressive enough and erases “transgender and queer folks.”
“Gabriele and Perry reveal their core audience through specific words and phrases that most likely would not raise the collective eyebrow of a predominantly white audience,” Rambaran-Olm wrote in her review.
“We can’t change our positionality, but the book would have benefited from an acknowledgement (sic) that the author’[s] readings and interpretations came from their position as white males,” the review continued. “Writing a book that aims to feature women and/or other marginalized figures demands a stepping outside of oneself that is not accomplished throughout this work.”
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