Post-classical history

The Crusades

The Crusades

Crusading fervor gripped Europe for more than 200 years, creating one of the most extraordinary episodes in world history. But were the Crusades the first steps in European colonialism, an attempt at ethnic cleansing, a manifestation of religious zeal—or all three? Bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, and economic exploitation, scholar Christopher Tyerman challenges our assumptions about the Crusades and encourages us to re-evaluate the relationship between past and present.

Introduction

Chapter 1. Definition

Chapter 2. Crusades in the Eastern Mediterranean

Chapter 3. Crusades in the West

Chapter 4. The Impact of the Crusades

Chapter 5. Holy War

Chapter 6. The Business of the Cross

Chapter 7. Holy Lands

Conclusion: Crusading Our Contemporary

Further Reading

Chronology