The Crusades


Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern
RAC: Catholic Traditions

Muslim terrorists today see attacks on Westerners as a continuation of the Wars of the Cross; Westerners know very little about them and feel no sense of continuity.  These attitudes are a legacy of the medieval period.  For Europe, the Crusades were a positive experience, encouraging scholarship, economic expansion, and Christian solidarity.  For Muslims, it hastened the fragmentation of an empire. A better understanding of the Crusades will illuminate current relations with the Middle East.

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