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The A to Z of the Crusadesby Corliss Slack
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During the late 11th through the early 14th centuries at least seven major expeditions were made between Western Europe and the Holy Land with the goal of ending Muslim control of Jerusalem. Ultimately the crusaders were driven out, but not before a cultural exchange had taken place that had an immense impact on Western Europe and an equally enormous, albeit less positive, impact on Arabs and the Islamic world. Although the crusades occurred many centuries ago, echoes still resound through the current clashes of nations and ideologies, kidnappings for ransom, assassinations, and the declaring of _jihad__all making the crusades an eminently timely subject. This one-volume overview provides an accessible reference work for scholars, students, and general readers on the period with numerous entries on key persons, places, events, battles and sieges, use of weapons and armor, and the deeper issues of the political and cultural background. Complete with a detailed chronology and a bibliography, this work allows readers to learn how Europe was changed forever by these battles with Islam.
Book News Annotation:
Slack (history, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington) has done a commendable job of selecting and presenting short descriptions of the Crusades, their protagonists, religious terms and rituals, military terms and technology, sites, and main events in this accessible dictionary for the high school or undergraduate student. Subjects from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1098 through the later Crusades against the Albigensians and other heretical sects are included. The volume also includes a thorough and up-to-date bibliography, which is organized by subject. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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