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This paper focuses on the Crusades, which are remembered as wars that were fought and lost in the name of God. The paper explains that the Crusades spanned more than one hundred years, and cannot be traced to an isolated event, but rather several factors that operated together to create a climate of religious fervor to fight for the name of God While we say that these wars were fought in the name of God, it is simply not that easy to define. The paper discusses the consequences of the Crusades, noting that perhaps the only positive outcome was that the Holy Land was recovered and pilgrim routes became passable. The paper concludes that power, piety, zeal, and determination are words we can use to define some of the reasons that drove men to establish a war with another race of people of whom they knew little.
From the Paper:"It is true that the Crusades did more damage than good. While attempting to salvage and protect Christianity, the Crusades seemed to be like the overbearing parent and push it farther away until it became totally out of reach. Having recognized this, we can look at the circumstances and see that some positive things did emerge from the mess the Crusades made. Almost all critics agree that one of the most positive results of the Crusades is the broadening of knowledge. East meets West and, as a result, all men's minds were broadened. In addition to this, the Crusades did stimulate western trade and "cultural interaction" (344) with the east with merchants in Venice, Pisa, and Genoa becoming lucrative markets. In addition, the need to resupply Christian settlements in the east reopened old trade routes that had been closed by Arab domination and opened new trades routes. It is safe to say that the most significant positive result of the Crusades was economic. What the Crusades did in the name of trade is significant and could have never been predicted. It is the law of unintended consequences in the positive as the affects were felt across the Atlantic as Spain sought out trade route to India and beyond. Other positive outcomes from the Crusades include the institution of free cities. Of course, this was not an intended outcome; it was an incidental resulting from so many towns disengaging from lords. The ability to own and dispose of property also resulted from the Crusades as well as freedom from arbitrary taxation. By the end of the Crusades, the people were being recognized and politically acknowledged. Another incidental that emerged from the Crusades is sugar cane."
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