Real Crusades History video: The Crusades saved Europe

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I strongly recommend this amazing video by “Real Crusades History.” It is worth watching this video as an introduction, and then going through the entire series in your own time. It frames the Crusades in an overall positive light, as a mindset, a unifying epoch which helped to give Europe its identity as Europe, and ultimately ensured its survival.

The Crusades were a counter-attack, an attempt to reclaim territory which had been devoured by the Arabs who swept out of their homeland in the 6th and 7th centuries under the banner of Islam. Although the Crusaders were eventually pushed out of the Middle East, the Crusades were also conducted on European soil to push Islam out of Italy, Spain, and Eastern Europe.

Ultimately, it was the Crusades, and the Crusader mindset, which allowed Europe to survive as an entity – without the Crusades, Europe would now be a part of the Islamic world.

Perhaps they gave Europe another thousand years grace..

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David Hiscox
David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.