Crusader Castles and Modern Histories
By (author) Ronnie Ellenblum
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Crusader Castles and Modern Histories by Ronnie Ellenblum
Book DescriptionFor the last 150 years the historiography of the Crusades has been dominated by nationalist and colonialist discourses in Europe and the Levant. These modern histories have interpreted the Crusades in terms of dichotomous camps, Frankish and Muslim. In this revisionist study, Ronnie Ellenblum presents an interpretation of Crusader historiography that instead defines military and architectural relations between the Franks, local Christians, Muslims and Turks in terms of continuous dialogue and mutual influence. Through close analysis of siege tactics, defensive strategies and the structure and distribution of Crusader castles, Ellenblum relates patterns of crusader settlement to their environment and demonstrates the influence of opposing cultures on tactics and fortifications. He argues that fortifications were often built according to economic and geographic considerations rather than for strategic reasons or to protect illusory 'frontiers', and that Crusader castles are the most evident expression of a cultural dialogue between east and west.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521860833
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ronnie Ellenblum
Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean, Paperback (December 2013)
A provocative study of the devastating impact of climate change across the eastern Mediterranean in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
Crusader Castles and Modern Histories, Paperback (November 2009)
Revisionist study that unpacks the modern historiography of the Crusades and reinterprets Crusader military architecture.
Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Ronnie Ellenblum
This book is based on an unprecedented archaeological survey of more than two hundred Frankish rural sites.
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