The Crusades and "Holy Right"
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This paper focuses on the Crusades, explaining that for nearly 200 years, Christian Europe sought to reclaim the lands surrounding Jerusalem and modern day Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, occasionally succeeding, but ultimately failing to establish a Christian hold on the Holy Land, with the area remaining dominantly Muslim. The paper opines that religious wars never actually succeed in proving the "rightness" of any given faith; they simply result in more people of one faith dying than the other and, thus, a greater level of control and influence over a particular geographic area is established by the "winner." What's more, the paper notes, defeated nations or people do not automatically convert - that takes a significant amount of time, a great deal of brutality and fear, and sufficient resources to consistently control the conquered population. The paper concludes that the Crusades, which were seen as an exercise of "Holy right," became the vehicle for greed and adventure for a populace starved of opportunity, and proved to the world that even a partially united Muslim world could handily defeat the mighty Christian armies of Europe - thus ultimately disproving the legitimacy of the claim that Christian destiny was tied directly to Jerusalem.
From the Paper:"In the mid 12th century, a large contingent of Muslims under a unified leadership of Saladin retook Edessa, which cut off the rest of the occupied lands from their mother supply in Europe. The result was the Second Crusade, which began in 1147. This Second Crusade was retaliatory in initiation, but was much broader in geographic scope. Under the Kings of France and Germany, the crusaders fought on two fronts, through the Iberian Peninsula and back toward Jerusalem. The Western campaign pushed the Muslims out of Europe and back into Northern Africa, while the Eastern campaign failed to retake Edessa and also failed to achieve any significant victory."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hillenbrand, Car. The Crusades: An Islamic Perspective. New York: Routledge, 2000.
- Madden, Thomas. A Concise History of the Crusades. New York: Rowan and Littlefield, 2005.
- Riley-Smith, Johnathan. The Crusades: A Short History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.
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