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    A Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in History)
    by Thomas F. Madden
    Paperback (October, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0847694305
    Sales Rank: 151816
    Subjects:  1. Europe - General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Medieval    6. Reference   


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    What Were the Crusades?
    by Jonathan Riley-Smith
    Paperback (01 October, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0898709547
    Sales Rank: 142291
    Subjects:  1. Christianity - Catholicism    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Medieval    5. Religion   


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    Inventing the Middle Ages
    by Norman F. Cantor
    Paperback (01 February, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0688123023
    Sales Rank: 247790
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Europe - General    3. Historiography    4. History    5. History - General History    6. Literary Criticism    7. Medieval    8. Middle Ages   


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    The Crusades: The World's Debate
    by Hilaire Belloc
    Paperback (01 September, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0895554674
    Sales Rank: 136516
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History - General History    3. Medieval World History (Circa 450 - Circa 1450)    4. Religion   


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    History of Christianity
    by Paul Johnson
    Paperback (01 August, 1979)
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    Isbn: 0684815036
    Sales Rank: 6210
    Subjects:  1. Christianity - History - General    2. Church history    3. General    4. History - General History    5. Religion    6. Religion / General   


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    Islam and the West
    by Bernard Lewis
    Paperback (01 October, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0195090616
    Sales Rank: 52791
    Subjects:  1. Christianity    2. Christianity and other religions    3. Europe    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Islam    7. Islam - General    8. Middle East    9. Middle East - General    10. Relations   


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    The Knight : A Portrait of Europe's Warrior Elite
    by AlanBaker
    Hardcover (24 January, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0471251356
    Sales Rank: 705962
    Subjects:  1. Civilization    2. Civilization, Medieval    3. Europe    4. Europe - General    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History Of Civilization And Culture (General)    8. History: World    9. Knights and knighthood    10. Medieval    11. Medieval World History (Circa 450 - Circa 1450)    12. Medieval civilization    13. History / Medieval    14. Military life & institutions    15. Social history    16. c 1000 CE to c 1500   


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    The CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE REMAKING OF WORLD ORDER
    by Samuel P. Huntington
    Paperback (28 January, 1998)
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    Editorial Review

    The thesis of this provocative and potentially important book is the increasing threat of violence arising from renewed conflicts between countries and cultures that base their traditions on religious faith and dogma. This argument moves past the notion of ethnicity to examine the growing influence of a handful of major cultures--Western, Eastern Orthodox, Latin American, Islamic, Japanese, Chinese, Hindu, and African--in current struggles across the globe. Samuel P. Huntington, a political scientist at Harvard University and foreign policy aide to President Clinton, argues that policymakers should be mindful of this development when they interfere in other nations' affairs. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0684844419
    Subjects:  1. 1950-    2. 1989-    3. Civilization, Modern    4. International Relations - General    5. Modern - 20th Century    6. Politics - Current Events    7. Politics/International Relations    8. Post-communism    9. World politics    10. Political Science / International Relations   


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    Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths
    by Regine Pernoud, Anne, Englund Nash
    Paperback (01 March, 2000)
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    Isbn: 0898707811
    Sales Rank: 90964
    Subjects:  1. Christianity - History - General    2. Civilization, Medieval    3. Europe - General    4. History - General History    5. Medieval    6. Religion   


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    Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople, The
    by JonathanPhillips
    Paperback (29 March, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0143035908
    Sales Rank: 33634
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Medieval    5. History / General   


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    The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople (Middle Ages)
    by Donald E. Queller, Thomas F. Madden
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An objective, balanced history of a difficult topic
    The Fourth Crusade is one of the most important events in world history, in that it solidified the schism between the Eastern and Western Christian Churches that still exists today, but most know little or nothing about it. Most who claim to know something about it actually know little about the facts of the matter. This book does a great job of making the facts more available to the modern lay reader.

    Queller and Madden do an excellent job with helping the reader to understand the mind of the people of that time, instead of having a self-righteous modern attitude towards all things middle ages, as is too common today.

    In any book about the 4th Crusade, three questions must be answered:

    (1) Why did the Crusade end up in Constantinople instead of the Holy Land?
    (2) How was this small army able to successfully conquer Constantinople - one of the best defended cities of the time?
    (3) Why was the sack of Constantinople particularly brutal, even by medieval standards?

    This book successfully answers questions (1) and (2). The authors show the tragic set of circumstances and morally questionable decisions that led the crusaders to Constantinople - against the explicit command of Pope Innocent III, who called the Crusade in the first place. They also show how the lack of understanding of the Latins led Constantinople to fall so easily.

    However, this book doesn't really answer the most important question of the actual sack. Had the crusaders simply sacked the city like most sacks of the time, it is doubtful it would have engendered such animosity in the East for all things Western. But instead they ravaged the city in an orgy of violence, sex, sacrilege and greed. Why? Queller and Madden's only explanation is that there was no strong leader of the army to control them. But this seems to fall short - the crusaders had made a vow right before the sack to not touch any women or churches - yet they ignored that vow almost immediately. What caused such a shift in their behavior? Unfortunately, we'll have to look elsewhere for an answer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A lucid explanation of a perplexing historical event
    To the contemporary mind, the Crusades represent a bizzare, even horrific, historical event.It is difficult, if not impossible,for those living in the 20th Century to comprehendthe religious fervor that prompted thousands from Western Europe, both the great and the humble, to committhemselves and their fortunes to the expirgation of the infidel from the Holy Land. Of the sordid history that is the Crusades, however, the most baffling is perhaps the notorious Fourth Crusade in the early 13th Century, when Christians from Western Europe, and their Venetian allies,attacked and laid waste to Constantinople, arguably the greatest city on earth and, more to the point, inhabited by fellow Christians.The mystery is made even more remarkable by the knowledge that the Pope himself forbade the Crusaders' attack of Constantinople.What prompted the Crusaders to rebuke the Holy See?What went wrong? The present work provides an insightful and lucid analysis of the unhappy events that culminated in the destruction of the greatest city in Christiandom."The Fourth Crusade" is essential reading for anyone who has tried to make sense of a momentous historical event that seems to defy rational explanation, or for those who simply conclude that Constantinople fell victim to the Crusaders' greed.The reality is muchmore complex, though "The Fourth Crusade" manages to present its analysis in an entertaining and engaging manner that brings to life a period of history like no other. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0812217136
    Sales Rank: 386246
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Medieval    5. Middle East - Turkey   


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