Review on: "Joseph F. O’Callaghan. The Last Crusade in the West: Castile and the Conquest of Granada. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014"
Review of the final volume of the trilogy on the crusading movement in medieval Spain “The Last Crusade in the West” by Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at Fordham University Pennsylvania and author of numerous books Joseph O'Callaghan
The artical traces the main mythologems of Mexican culture in the context of Spanich and indeginious cultures.
Book reviews remain one of the main tools of research evaluation. But the status of the genre and its role in the system of scholarly communication have been often put under the question by both professionals in different disciplines and specialists in science studies. In this essay we address these discussions in the context of the cultural history of the humanities. This examination reveals that what are often considered symptoms of the crisis and decay of the genre can be understood as manifestations of the tension between subjectivity and scholarly standards. Awareness of these controversies stimulates researchers, on the one hand, to focus on the communicative nature of scholarship and, on the other hand, to take into account the evolution of the system of scholarly communication.
The article examines the main trends in the study of the Stalinist period and the phenomenon of Stalinism in connection with the mass opening of the archives.