Nomads and Crusaders

Nomads and Crusaders

A.D. 1000-1368
Archibald R. Lewis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1988
Format: paper
ISBN: 978-0-253-20652-7
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1988
A Selection of the History Book Club
"[A] fine, arresting book with a clear and novel thesis and a firm grasp of geography. Good stuff, in short . . . strongly recommended." —William H. McNeill

“The reader will find here useful information and much food for thought; a book of such a broad scope is rare and has much to recommend it.” —Speculum

" . . . encyclopedic . . . there is no book quite like this one." —Choice

" . . . a colorful canvas depicting the torrential movements of Eurasian warriors and merchants on ship-boards and horseback between Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific coasts, between streams of accumulated goods and tensions, religious fervor and insatiable greed . . . "—Ural-Altaic Yearbook

"A healthy antidote to the parochialism that characterizes so much of the run-of-the-mill output of medieval history . . . " —American Historical Review

Emphasizing geographical, maritime, institutional, and economic factors, Lewis presents a wide-ranging story of the complex rise and fall of civilizations and explores new conceptual frontiers in the study of world history.

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Table of Contents


Part One
The Matrix of Old World Civilizations

I. East Asia and Greater India
II. The World of Islamic Civilization
III. Byzantine-Russian Civilization
IV. The Civilization of Western Europe

Part Two
Nomadic and Western European Expansion

V. The Assault of Western European and Nomadic Peoples, A.D. 1000-1100
VI. The Balance Restored: Byzantium, Islam, Western Europe, China, and India, 1100-1195
VII. Western European and Mongol Aggression, 1195-1270
VIII. Western European and Mongol World Domination, 1270-1368
IX. Epilogue, 1368-1500