Two Faces of Holy War Historical Forum Debate
The intellectual heritage of the Crusades continues to be mired in controversy. Were the Crusades a justified, defensive war fought for penitential reasons by European men-at-arms who hoped to save Christians from the onslaught of Islamic fundamentalists? Or was it a war of aggression seeking plunder and the destruction of both Jewish, Muslim (and at times) even Christian communities for the selfish motivations of power and wealth? You debate, you decide!
Your study groups will be assigned a role and develop a case of arguments either FOR or AGAINST the legitimacy of the Crusades based on the following documents and questions (or others that you can find):
Resolved: The Crusades of Christian Europe were justified given the conditions facing Christian society in the Middle East.
Your study groups will be assigned the following perspectives, and you will prepare a written argument (this must be typed, 1-2 paragraphs in length, or 10-15 bullet points) to present to the historical debate forum:
⦾ Machiavellians - CON (Against the Crusades)
⦾ Jacobins - PRO (For the Crusades)
⦾ Praetorians - CON (Against the Crusades)
⦾ Stosstruppen - PRO (For the Crusades)
⦾ Cavaliers - PRO (For the Crusades)
⦾ Conquistadors - CON (Against the Crusades)
After you have prepared your arguments, email your individual arguments to email@example.com
Along with the use of your textbook, the following links may be helpful in preparing your arguments:
⦾ The Crusades- A Complete History | History Today.pdf - Pages 1-7 & 22-29 will probably be the most helpful (gets kind of long in the middle)
After you have prepared your responses, email your assignment to firstname.lastname@example.org