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The crusader strategy. Defending the Holy Land.

Author: Steve Tibble
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A new look at the crusaders, which shows how they pursued long-term plans and clear strategic goals. Medieval states, and particularly crusader societies, often have been considered brutish and culturally isolated. It seems unlikely that they could develop "strategy" in any meaningful sense. However, the crusaders were actually highly organized in their thinking and their decision making was rarely random. In this  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Tibble
ISBN: 9780300253115 0300253117
OCLC Number: 1205591071
Description: 376 p.
Responsibility: Steve Tibble.

Abstract:

A new look at the crusaders, which shows how they pursued long-term plans and clear strategic goals. Medieval states, and particularly crusader societies, often have been considered brutish and culturally isolated. It seems unlikely that they could develop "strategy" in any meaningful sense. However, the crusaders were actually highly organized in their thinking and their decision making was rarely random. In this lively account, Steve Tibble draws on a rich array of primary sources to reassess events on the ground and patterns of behavior over time. He shows how, from aggressive castle building to implementing a series of invasions of Egypt, crusader leaders tenaciously pursued long-term plans and devoted single-minded attention to clear strategic goals. Crusader states were permanently on the brink of destruction; resources were scarce and the penalties for failure severe. Intuitive strategic thinking, Tibble argues, was a necessity, not a luxury.

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"Engagingly written...This is an effective entry point for those interested in the grand politics of crusader states."-Andrew D Buck, BBC History Magazine "In this compelling book...Tibble argues Read more...

 
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