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How do I talk to someone about the Crusades?

The Crusades are among the top five questions I get from my students in university. Here's are two quick resources to refresh your memory from class or for anyone interested: 1. The article "A Crash Course on the Crusades," by my former professor Steve Weidenkopf. He's also written a book on the topic. Here are the five myths about the Crusades he addresses: Myth #1: The Crusades were wars of unprovoked aggression Myth #2: The Crusades were about European greed for booty, plunder and the establishment of colonies. Myth #3: When Jerusalem was captured in 1099 the crusaders killed all the inhabitants – so many were killed that the blood flowed ankle deep through the city. Myth #4: The Crusa

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