In God's Battalions, Rodney Stark argues that the medieval Crusades were not waged in order to gain land, steal money, or to win converts as popularly believed today. Instead, Stark suggests that the Crusades were foremost a military response to unwarranted aggression by expanding Turkish invaders. By looking at the history of the seven major Crusades from 1095 to 1291, Stark argues that the crusaders launched their campaign because of extensive Islamic provocation after centuries of repeated attempts to colonize the West. Stark presents a thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of this tumultuous period that is certain to spark debate!
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Review 1 for God's Battalions: The Case For The Crusades
Date:May 11, 2011
This book just smashes many of the popular myths about the crusades. Very well documented and detailed.
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Review 2 for God's Battalions: The Case For The Crusades
Date:May 14, 2010
Stark's book might seem to make a plausible case to the non-specialist, but critical analysis shows it is riddled with errors, full of convenient use of selective evidence and undermined by flawed arguments. He manages to debunk a few myths about the Crusades, but his apologetic argument simply does not work.For detailed critical analysis see:http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/2010/05/gods-battalions-case-for-crusades-by.html