Baldwin, M. W. (ed.) / The first hundred years
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xvi FOREWORD chosen editor and LaMonte secretary of the project. Always Krey was on hand, ready to give stout assistance. In the following year (1939), when the Association met in Washington, plans were made whIch envisaged four volumes (later expanded to six, and now contracted to five). At the next meeting of the Association, in New York in 1940, conferences were continued among those par ticipating in the projected history, and various editorial details were discussed. But the war was already more than a year old in Europe, and another year was to see the United States involved in the conflict. LaMonte went into the navy, serving in the Pacific, with lasting detriment to his health, and other scholars associated with the history were quickly caught up in wartime activities. In the spring of 1941, however, the plan of the work had been submitted to the Mediaeval Academy of America, which was glad to sponsor the project but unable to make any financial commit ment thereto. Although nothing could be done for the duration of the war, in 1945—1946 the proposal for a cooperative history of the crusades was revived, and now expanded to include British and European scholars. Duncaif, Krey, and LaMonte assumed official editorship of the work, and in the spring of 1946 the administration of the University of Pennsylvania generously agreed to underwrite the full costs of publication. LaMonte was enabled to make a contract to this effect with the University Press, providing also for the publication of other monographs on the crusades. Since neither editors nor contributors were able to abide by the pro visions of the first contract, the present writer renegotiated various details of this agreement in January 1954, in pretty much the same terms as the first contract, but no longer providing for the publication of any additional monographs. At the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in New York in 1946, since Duncalf and Krey were obliged by physicians' advice to reduce their activities, those contributors to the work who were present, acting as a committee for the whole, elected LaMonte, the young est of the trio, as managing editor of the work.5 LaMonte threw himself into the task with his customary energy. In April 1947 he sent out to all contributors, and to other inter ested persons, a report on "The Project for an International Cooperative History of the Crusades." After two years of arduous. endeavor, on the very day before he was to sail to the Levant for a year of historical study and observation relating to this History, On December 28, 1946, both Krey and LaMonte read papers, the latter giving a "Pro gress Report on ' The History of the Crusades."
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