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Belloc shows that the Crusades were a titanic struggle between Christian civilization and \"the Turk,\" savage Mongols who had embraced Islam. He explains the practical reasons why the Crusaders initially succeeded and why they ultimately failed then he predicts the re-emergence of Islam, since Christendom failed to destroy it in the 12th century. Makes history come alive ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published December 3rd 1992 by TAN Books
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Aug 09, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilaire Belloc is never an easy read but pressing through is always well worth the challenge. In this book, he gives fascinating historical background re: the political landscape of Medieval Europe and how it affected the success and failure of the Crusades. He details how feudal Europe hampered the participants in truly organizing the Crusade against Islamic control over the Holy Land ... our current understanding of nations and nation states have nothing in common with feudal Europe and its m ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Curtis rated it it was amazing
The Crusades, by Hilaire Belloc, this book has all the benefits, and suffers all the problems of a book written in it's era. Belloc, an Anglo French writer, friend to G.K. Chesterton, has done very good research, and is unhampered by many of the biased and pre or miss conceptions of our age.
One will gain a better, and I say, a more correct, more scholarly view of the Crusades and those who participated, more inline with modern real scholarly work, and less like the popular view.
One should have a
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May 13, 2014 David Brown rated it really liked it
An excellent over all history of the economic, political and cultural ramifications of the Crusading movement to include the Baltics and Spain. I would prefer more military implications but it was interesting to learn how much Western culture is beholden to the Levant -- particularly modern day Syria -- and the impact the Crusades had on medicine, ancient history and mathematics.
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Jun 13, 2015 Brian Reinholz rated it really liked it
A long book but fascinating and detailed in its scope. Certainly some bias in its insights but it doesn't disrupt the value.
Jul 14, 2015 ValeriZentsov rated it really liked it
Exhilaratingly partisan analysis of the crusades.
Aug 02, 2011 Ethan rated it liked it
Kind of dragged in the last third, but is definitely another outstanding work from Belloc. Very informative, very opinionated, very hard to disagree with. Belloc is a master.
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Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 12, as one of Ten Books by Hilaire Belloc Well Worth Reading.
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Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his ...more
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“The story must not be neglected by any modern, who may think in error that the East has finally fallen before the West, that Islam is now enslaved — to our political and economic power at any rate if not to our philosophy. It is not so. Islam essentially survives, and Islam would not have survived had the Crusade made good its hold upon the essential point of Damascus. Islam survives. Its religion is intact; therefore its material strength may return. Our religion is in peril, and who can be confident in the continued skill, let alone the continued obedience, of those who make and work our machines? ... There is with us a complete chaos in religious doctrine.... We worship ourselves, we worship the nation; or we worship (some few of us) a particular economic arrangement believed to be the satisfaction of social justice.... Islam has not suffered this spiritual decline; and in the contrast between [our religious chaos and Islam's] religious certitudes still strong throughout the Mohammedan world lies our peril.” 0 likes
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