The Northern Crusades, Paperback Book
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The 'Northern Crusades', inspired by the Pope's call for a Holy War, are less celebrated than those in the Middle East, but they were also more successful: vast new territories became and remain Christian, such as Finland, Estonia and Prussia. Newly revised in the light of the recent developments in Baltic and Northern medieval research, this authoritative overview provides a balanced and compelling account of a tumultuous era.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140266535

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So-so book. The narrative jumps around considerably and it can be hard to follow, but the analysis is top-notch and I had a much better understanding of the events' impact on history. In particular, the emergence of modern Europe rested on this corner. In American history lessons, the impact of these events is oft-overlooked; however, this corner proved to be the fulcrum around which Northern and Eastern Europe revolved, probably playing a greater role in modern Europe's formation than the Turks in the S.E. periphery. With this book, it becomes easier to understand the cultural and historical environment that shaped more modern minds and the decision-making of the societies involved.