"The Crusades" by Hans Eberhard Mayer
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The paper reviews the book, "The Crusades", where Hans Eberhard Mayer presents a comprehensive history of the Crusades. The paper shows how Mayer uses the context of the societies that produced the crusaders to explain how and why they happened. The paper also discusses how Mayer dispels the notion that the Crusades were a single movement carried out by a united European front on a monolithic Muslim people. In addition, the paper explains Mayer's idea that there were many Crusades that happened for many different reasons and produced many different and mostly disastrous results.
From the Paper:"In his book, The Crusades, Hans Eberhard Mayer presents a comprehensive history of the Crusades. Although this book was first published in Germany and translated into English in 1965, its subject has taken on new and deeper relevance now, forty years later. Mayer uses the context of the societies that produced the crusaders to explain how and why they happened. As Mayer describes it, the people of the emerging states of Europe had existed largely in isolation since the heyday of the Roman Empire. They had literally come to believe that they were the center of the universe. The fact that the pope and the capitals of the eastern and western empires (Rome and Constantinople) were all in the northern Mediterranean region was proof of this. According to Mayer, the crusades changed European consciousness towards the Muslim people and culture beyond their borders."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Mayer, H.E. (1990) The Crusades. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Cite this Book Review:
"The Crusades" by Hans Eberhard Mayer (2009, December 22) Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/book-review/the-crusades-by-hans-eberhard-mayer-117835/
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