Historian counters myths about the Crusades
April 26, 2011
Writing for The Intercollegiate Review, Paul Crawford, a history professor at Alma College, counters four myths about the Crusades:
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: bnewman -
Apr. 26, 2011 9:57 PM ET USA
I believe that Muslims cared little about the Crusades until the 19th century, when European countries provided a romanticized imperialistic narrative of them, to provide a gloss on their own imperial ambitions. Muslim countries rightly opposed any such an account, though not realizing it to be unhistorical.
Posted by: -
Apr. 26, 2011 7:33 AM ET USA
The Crusades were tactically offensive, but strategically defensive.