The Crusader Strategy

Author: Steve Tibble

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300256299

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 2710

A new look at the crusaders, which shows how they pursued long-term plans and clear strategic goals Medieval states, and particularly crusader societies, often have been considered brutish and culturally isolated. It seems unlikely that they could develop “strategy” in any meaningful sense. However, the crusaders were actually highly organized in their thinking and their decision making was rarely random. In this lively account, Steve Tibble draws on a rich array of primary sources to reassess events on the ground and patterns of behavior over time. He shows how, from aggressive castle building to implementing a series of invasions of Egypt, crusader leaders tenaciously pursued long-term plans and devoted single-minded attention to clear strategic goals. Crusader states were permanently on the brink of destruction; resources were scarce and the penalties for failure severe. Intuitive strategic thinking, Tibble argues, was a necessity, not a luxury.

Competing Voices from the Crusades

Author: Andrew P. Holt,James Muldoon

Publisher: Greenwood


Category: History

Page: 382

View: 1579

"Fighting Words is an innovative and accessible new military-history series, each title juxtaposing the voices of opposing combatants in a major historical conflict. Presented side by side are the testimonies of fighting men and women, the reportage of nations at war, and the immediate public responses of belligerent war leaders. Together, they offer strikingly different perspectives on the same events." "The extracts are short and snappy, complemented by brief introductions which set the scene. They vividly recreate the conflicts as they were experienced. At the same time, they open up new perspectives and challenge accepted assumptions. Readers will question the nature of primary sources, the motivations of the authors, the agendas that influence media reports and the omissions inherent in all of the sources. Ultimately, readers will be left to ponder the question: whose history is this?"--BOOK JACKET.

The Crusades

Author: Alan V. Murray

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated


Category: History

Page: 488

View: 1193

A comprehensive encyclopedia covers the individual crusades and crusaders, rulers, places, and institutions involved in the Crusades, from its beginning in the 11th century through the early modern period.

Encyclopedia of the Crusades

Author: Alfred J. Andrea

Publisher: Greenwood


Category: History

Page: 394

View: 5537

Presents an encyclopedia of the Crusades, including entries for Islamic and European topics, biographical portraits, extracts from primary sources, and a time line.

Opposing the Crusader State

Author: Robert Higgs,Carl P. Close

Publisher: N.A


Category: Isolationism

Page: 324

View: 5806

For more than a century U.S. foreign policy-whether conducted by Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives-has been based on the assumption that American's interests are served best by intervening abroad to secure open markets for U.S. exports, fight potential enemies fat from American shores, or engage in democratic nation building. Before the twentieth century, however, a foreign policy of nonintervention was widely considered more desirable, and Washington's and Jefferson's advice that the republic avoid foreign entanglements was largely heeded. Opposing the Crusader State: Alternatives to Global Interventionism, edited by Robert Higgs and Carl Close, examines the history of American noninterventionism and its relevance in today's world. Arguing that interventionism is not an appropriate "default setting" for U.S. foreign policy, the book's contributors clarify widespread misunderstanding about noninterventionism, question the wisdom of nation building, debate the validity of democratic-peace theory, and make the case for pursuing a peace strategy based on private-property rights and free trade. "Readers will come away from this book with a richer understanding of the noninterventionist movements in U.S. history," write Higgs and Close in the book's introduction. "Most important, perhaps, they will have a firmer understanding of why many classical liberals embrace the strengthening of commercial ties between all countries as a means of avoiding war." Book jacket.

Noble Ideals and Bloody Realities

Author: Niall Christie,Maya Yazigi

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub


Category: History

Page: 300

View: 7871

The contributions presented in this volume address several issues related to the topic of medieval warfare from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and examining a number of geographical regions. The contributors analyze social and economic issues, military strategy, technological and medical developments, ideology and rhetoric, and address warfare in Europe, the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world. In three parts, the contributors explore warfare in theory, warfare in practice and warfare as perceived through medieval and modern historiography. In doing so, they present a number of engaging case studies that will be of use to students and scholars interested in warfare and its effects on medieval society.

What Were the Crusades?

Author: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated


Category: Religion

Page: 92

View: 5207

Examines the concept of the just war, papal authorization of the Crusades, and the vows and privileges of participants to arrive at a definition of the term crusade

Israel 2000 Years

Author: Dan Bahat

Publisher: N.A


Category: Israel

Page: 166

View: 2445

History of the people and places of Israel for the last 2000 years