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Are the Crusades bad?
September 12, 2011 2:47PM
Good and bad are matters of opinion. The Crusades were launched because of religious intolerance, and helped destabilize the middle east. The pope ordered a holy war against the rising Muslim empire and effectively ended the Muslim renassance. That area of the world has never recovered. I personally think they were bad, but its really up to you to make that decision.
On the bright side, it did helped to open up trade between Europe and the Mideast. The technological advancements of the Muslims and the knowledge they kept from Greek and Roman times became revealed to the Christians and all of Europe. It boosted trade since the luxuries of the east became high in demand across Europe, prompting trade and with it, more communication between the West and the East. The knowledge gained from the Muslims helped propel Europe into the Renaissance.