The Crusaders' Kingdom: European Colonialism in the Middle Ages

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Interposed between the fall of the Roman Empire and the great Age of Discovery, the Crusades represented the opening chapter of European expansionism and were forerunners to the colonial movement that changed the course of world history.Professor Prawer focuses on the principal achievement of the crusaders - the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem. In so doing he presents in-depth descriptions of what a twelfth and thirteenth century colony looked like and shows how it functioned and developed as a colonial establishment. He identifies the ideological premises of the Crusades and the organization and achievements of the European establishments in the Levant.In considering all aspects of the social and political organisation, economic and cultural developments, the arts, religion, the role of the military and the impact of the Crusades on the conquered peoples, Joshua Prawer throws new light on the origins of colonialism and the nature of a colonial empire.A provocative and fascinating account of a dramatic period of history.

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About the author (1972)

Joshua Prawer was an internationally recognised authority on the Crusades. He was Professor of Medieval History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. His two volume study Histoire du Royaume Latin du Jerusalem was awarded the Prix Gustav Schlumberger of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, and he received a Rothschild Prize for the research which went into this book.

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