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    DescriptionIn God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. To the contrary, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to unwarranted Muslim terrorist aggression. Stark reviews the history of the seven major Crusades from 1095 to 1291, demonstrating that the Crusades were precipitated by Islamic provocations, centuries of bloody attempts to colonize the West, and sudden attacks on Christian pilgrims and holy places. Although the Crusades were initiated by a plea from the pope, Stark argues that this had nothing to do with any elaborate design of the Christian world to convert all Muslims to Christianity by force of arms. Given current tensions in the Middle East and terrorist attacks around the world, Stark's views are a thought-provoking contribution to our understanding and are sure to spark debate.


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    Title
    God's Battalions
    Subtitle
    The Case for the Crusades
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rodney Stark
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 449 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061582615
    ISBN 10: 0061582611
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, HBJF
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    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Approval Code: A14203000
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS010000
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    DC22: 909.07
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    B&T Approval Code: A13553030
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, REL037010
    LC classification: D157 .S736 2009
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    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins (USA)
    Publication date
    01 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "In "God's Battalions" Princeton sociologist of religion Rodney Stark seeks to dispel myths about the medieval Crusades and replace them with a more factual account...The historiographic arguments made by Stark regarding the antecedents and consequences of the Crusades are very convincing."--Jack Kilcrease, Historical Society of the Episcopal Church