“As it developed, European civilization remained largely confined to its home continent, although Europe was never completely isolated. Some Europeans, especially merchants, had contacts with parts of Asia and Africa…. Only at the end of the eleventh century did Europeans begin their first concerted attempt to expand the frontiers of Europe by conquering the land of Palestine. (Duiker, 350).
Your assignment is to explore the causes of the Crusades during the Middle Ages, chart its origins and spread on either a map or timeline, and explain at least one major impact of the war on society at that time.
- Provide a brief overview of how the Crusades began and any necessary background information (address the origins of who began them and what were the original goals).
- Reference at least one major impact of the Crusades on Europe. Specific evidence (quotes and paraphrases) should be included here. Some impacts you might consider are economic, religious, gender roles, but you are not limited to these.