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God's battalions : the case for the Crusades

Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. Instead, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to Muslim terrorist aggession.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Stark
ISBN: 9780061582615 0061582611
OCLC Number: 277118422
Description: 276 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Greedy barbarians in armor? --
Muslim invaders --
Christendom strikes back --
Western "ignorance" versus Eastern "culture" --
Pilgrimage and persecution --
Enlisting crusaders --
Going East --
Bloody victories --
The crusader kingdoms --
The struggle to defend the kingdoms --
Crusades against Egypt --
Mission abandoned.
Responsibility: Rodney Stark.
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In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. Instead, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to Muslim terrorist aggession.

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A defense of the Christian Crusaders

by itim (WorldCat user published 2014-10-12) Excellent Permalink

I couldn't putthis book down!   It provides a great overview of the four major crusades and then some.   The author argues that the crusaders were responding to Muslim expansion into Spain, Byzantium, and North Africa (aka Christian Kingdoms).  This is contrary to the popular...
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Brilliant and erudite

by xphilosopherking (WorldCat user published 2014-07-05) Excellent Permalink

This book seeks to utilize historical and sociological data recently uncovered in order to overturn the biased, anti-Catholic accounts of earlier Protestant historians. The book is well-documented without falling into prolixity. I recommend the book to anyone looking for an introduction to this important...
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