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The Crusades : A Very Short Introduction - Christopher Tyerman

The Crusades

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 12th January 2006
ISBN: 9780192806550
Number Of Pages: 184

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Crusading fervour gripped Europe for over 200 years, creating one of the most extraordinary, vivid episodes in world history. Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they have fascinated generations ever since, and their legacy of ideas and imagery has resonated through the centuries, inspiring Hollywood movies and great works of literature. Even today, to invoke the Crusades is to stir deep cultural myths, assumptions and prejudices. Yet despite their powerful hold on our imaginations, our knowledge of them remains obscured an distorted by time. Were the Crusaders motivated by spiritual rewards, or by greed? Were the Crusades an experiment in European colonialism, or a manifestation of religious love? How were they organized and founded? With customary flair and originality, Christopher Tyerman picks his way through the many debates to present a clear and lively discussion of the Crusades; bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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`Review from previous edition One of the foremost historians of the Crusades, Christopher Tyerman has produced an excellent brief introduction.' John Tolan, TLS `An excellent outline of current historical thinking' Sunday Times `Shrewd and forceful... This vigorous argument is an important corrective for anyone who would argue for the long-term innevitability of conflict between Christianity and Islam.' Hugh Kennedy, New York Times Book Review Excellent

1: Definition and Scope 2: Sources and Perspectives 3: Holy War 4: Holy lands 5: The Business of the Cross Conclusion Conclusion Further reading

ISBN: 9780192806550
ISBN-10: 0192806556
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 12th January 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.1  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.17

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