restricted access   Volume 13, Number 5, November 2012

Table of Contents

Saladin and the Problem of the Counter-Crusade in the Middle Ages

pp. 2-5

Reward, Punishment, and Accountability in 13th-century Diocesan Administration—and What the Modern University Can Tell Us

pp. 5-6

Popular History: War and Memory

The Theme of the Historical Society's Biennial Conference at the University of South Carolina this spring was "Popularizing Historical Knowledge: Practice, Prospects, and Perils." In this issue, we feature revised versions of three papers presented at the conference that explore the relationship of popular history to how we remember and study war.

Pride in Popular History: The Case for Holding the Course

pp. 7-9

The Artist and the Warrior: An Interview with Theodore K. Rabb

pp. 8-9

Prejudice Against Popular History: The Costs and Benefits of Holding the Course

pp. 9-11

Popular History and Myth-Making: The Role and Responsibility of First World War Historians in the Centenary Commemorations, 2014-2018

pp. 11-14

New Atheism's Old—and Flawed—History

pp. 15-17

Historical works assessing great power dynamics in the era of the world wars generally focus on Europe. Pacific and Asian concerns tend to be compartmentalized in separate analyses. In a sweeping new synthesis, The Rise of Global Powers: International Politics in the Era of the World Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Anthony D'Agostino looks at the ways great powers behaved in the 20th century from an integrated global perspective. We asked D'Agostino, a professor of history at San Francisco State University, to explore some of the book's themes in the following essay. And to complement the essay, senior editor Donald Yerxa interviewed D'Agostino in early October.

Diplomatic History, World History, and the Great Scramble

pp. 20-22

The Rise of Global Powers: An Interview with Anthony D'Agostino

pp. 22-24

Local History Journals and Their Contributions: Where Would We Be Without Them?

pp. 25-27

A Moral Man: Eugene Genovese, 1930-2012

p. 27