Economic And Social Effects Of The Crusades

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The Crusades were a series of religious wars between Christians and Muslims that took place during 1095 CE- 1291 CE. The main purpose of the Crusades was that both religious groups wanted to take possession of the Holy Land (Jerusalem). There were 9 major Crusades in total, which are called the Principle Crusades. There were also shorter and less significant Crusades in between each Principle Crusade that are called Minor Crusades. These wars had various effects on the world, especially in England and the Middle East. Some of these changes had an effects on things such as religion, politics, the economy, and social structures. All of the developments that arose from the Crusades are what made this event such an important turning point …show more content…
For example, the minds of the crusaders started to become more liberalized and open minded. They started to develop finer tastes and broader ideas. With the development of cultural diffusion between Europe and the Middle East also came intellectual diffusion. The Middle East started to become more informed with things like science and other topics. Europe was also influenced with Eastern thinking. All these new developments led to the Revival of Learning and the Renaissance. These were periods of time when people were flourishing with new, broad ideas dealing with things like science, literature, art, and so much …show more content…
SOme of these advancements dealt with warfare, while others had to do with things like sea travel and the invention of luxuries. Some of these inventions include: paper, crossbow, glass, compasses, maps, textiles, and the development of different tools. Europeans and Middle Easterners also developed a stronger sense of language and literature. With these new inventions they could write more and do more research. Most of the economic effects of the Crusades had positive effects on the Middle EAst and Europe. In both of these countries, the production of goods and the stimulation of trade dramatically expanded. This lead to wealthier families and a higher standard of living. Also during this time, the use of money increased and the act of accounting and bookkeeping started to develop. Although there were a lot of positive economic effects, there were also couple negative effects. For example, losses in battle lead to war debts which were hard to payoff in the beginning of the

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