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Crusading Peace

by Tomaz Mastnak

Crusading Peace Synopsis

Tomaz Mastnak's provocative analysis of the roots of peacemaking in the Western world elucidates struggles for peace that took place in the high and late Middle Ages. Mastnak traces the ways that eleventh-century peace movements, seeking to end violence among Christians, shaped not only power structures within Christendom but also the relationship of the Western Christian world to the world outside. The unification of Christian society under the banner of holy peace precipitated a fundamental division between the Christian and non-Christian worlds, and the postulated peace among Christians led to holy war against non-Christians.

Crusading Peace Press Reviews

An outstanding work that successfully engages a historical phenomenon of major influence on our lives today and also looks into one of the more treacherous aspects of human thought and behavior.... Mastnak shows, in a robust and convincing fashion, that the crusades and the peace movement were two faces of the same coin and analyzes in compelling detail how this dynamic played itself out from the eleventh through the fourteenth centuries. - Michael A. Sells, author of The Bridge Betrayed An enormously important contribution to understanding how Western Europe defined itself as Christendom and then acted on that understanding to shape new and hostile relations with other parts of the world. - Gabrielle M. Spiegel, author of The Past as Text

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520226357
Publication date: 26th February 2002
Author: Tomaz Mastnak
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 420 pages
Categories: Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

About Tomaz Mastnak

Tomaz Mastnak is Director of Research at the Institute of Philosophy of the Center for Scientific Research at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana.

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