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God's Battalions : The Case for the Crusades
by Rodney Stark


Overview - In God's Battalions , distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise of Christianity, reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In God's Battalions, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise of Christianity, reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061582615
  • ISBN-10: 0061582611
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 9.18 x 6.29 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.99 pounds


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Books > History > Military - General
Books > History > Europe - Medieval
Books > Religion > Christianity - History - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 51.
  • Review Date: 2009-08-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

It always seems counterintuitive to moderns that warfare and religion can be consistent. Ideally, followers of the prince of peace are to avoid the sword and shield. Clearly, this has not always been the case. Frequently in the crosshairs of critics are the Christian wars against Muslims known as the Crusades, commonly viewed as the birth of European imperialism and the forced spread of Christianity. But what if we've had it all wrong? What if the Crusades were a justifiable response to a strong and determined foe? Stark, a prominent sociologist and author of 27 books on history and religion, has penned a compelling argument that these bloody encounters had less to do with spreading Christianity than with responding to an ever more dangerous enemy—the emerging Islamic empire. There is much to be learned here. Filled with fascinating historical glimpses of monks and Templars, priests and pilgrims, kings and contemplatives, Stark pulls it all together and challenges us to reconsider our view of the Crusades. (Oct.)

 
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