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Who won the crusade wars? why were they fought?

Asked by Haalayudha Dattuni, 26 Apr '09 10:10 pm
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One of the most famous examples of religious violence in the Middle Ages is of course the Crusades - attempts by European Christians to impose their vision of religion upon Jews, Orthodox Christians, heretics, Muslims, and just about anyone else who happened to get in the way. Traditionally the term "Crusades" are limited to describing massive military expeditions by Christians to the Middle East, but it is more accurate to acknowledge that there also existed "crusades" internal to Europe and directed at local minority groups.

Amazingly, the Crusades have often been remembered in a romantic fashion, but perhaps nothing has deserved it less. Hardly a noble quest in foreign lands, the Crusades represented the worst in religion generally and in Christianity specifically. The broad historical outlines of the Crusades are available in most history books, so I will instead present some examples of how greed, gullibility and violence played such important roles.

Not all crusades were ...more
Answered by sharad kalyan, 26 Apr '09 10:53 pm

 
  
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The story of the Crusades actually begins centuries before the First Crusade was launched in AD 1096. When the centre of the Roman Empire shifted East, to Constantinople, it began to grow a new culture which would become known as Byzantium. However, the Church had begun to develop with Rome as its centre, and the churches of the East turned to Constantinople rather than the developing Papalcy in Rome. The first Popes were warlike and power-hungry, however, and they wanted all of the Christian world under their control. Then, during the latter half of the first millennium AD, the teachings of Islam began to spread throughout North Africa and Asia Minor at an alarming pace. The Popes of Rome, fearful that this new religion would displace them from their still-tenuous position, needed a way to suppress this new, peaceful religion coming out of the East.

Then, the final piece of the puzzle came into focus under the Western concept of primogeniture. The younger sons of European nobility ...more
Answered by Harish Kulkarni, 26 Apr '09 10:16 pm

 
  
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The Crusades were a series of religion-driven military campaigns waged by much of Christian Europe against external and internal opponents. They were fought mainly against Muslims, though campaigns were also directed against pagan Slavs, Jews, Russian and Greek Orthodox Christians, Mongols, Cathars, Hussites, Waldensians, Old Prussians, and political enemies of the popes. Crusaders took vows and were granted an indulgence for past sins.

The Crusades originally had the goal of recapturing Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim rule and were launched in response to a call from the Eastern Orthodox Byzantine Empire for help against the expansion of the Muslim Seljuk Turks into Anatolia. The term is also used to describe contemporaneous and subsequent campaigns conducted through to the 16th century in territories outside the Levant[a] usually against pagans, heretics, and peoples under the ban of excommunication for a mixture of religious, economic, and political reasons. Rivalries amo ...more
Answered by Pardeep Kapoor, 26 Apr '09 10:14 pm

 
  
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Jerusalem has always been a very special place for Christians as Jesus was born there. And worst part was that it was under the moslem occupation, and Pope Urban did not want that to be, so he launched these Crusades to free this place from the moslem rule. The moslems being more powerful, did win.
Answered by Wolverine Logan, 27 Apr '09 12:14 am

 
  
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Mostly in the middle east
Answered by anil garg, 10 Jan '10 08:31 pm

 
  
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It is a war between two religions.....that was between cristians and islam belivers......
Answered by pradeep mishra, 26 Apr '09 10:22 pm

 
  
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