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I recently added a Crusades historical interest section under my I am a. . . Historian page on Ryan Setliff Online. There’s good reason to question the influence of Neo-Marxist Critical Theorists, Progressives, and Islamophiles in their jeremiads about the Crusades being nothing more than a mask for Western avarice, greed, and hypocrisy. Thomas F. Madden’s article in First Things entitled “Crusaders and Historians” explores these details at length. I recently added a section to my personal home page covering my interest in the history of the Crusades, which links to Real Crusades History channel on Youtube.

Welcome to ‘Real Crusades History‘ overview.

Links to Real Crusades History’s chronological playlists: The Crusades: Overviews and Summaries: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades in the Late 11th Century: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades in the Early 12th Century: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades in the Late 12th Century: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades in the Early 13th Century: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades in the Late 13th Century: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Later Crusades: 14th-17th Centuries: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Pre-Crusades Era: 8th-11th Centuries: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades: Top 5’s, Top 10th, and Other Lists: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… Crusades Playlists by Topic: The Knights Templar: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Reconquista of Spain and Portugal: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusades: A Concise Overview: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The First Crusade Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Third Crusade Podcast Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Fourth Crusade Podcast Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Crusade of Las Navas de Tolosa: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Granada War: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Cultural Marxism with its frequent groveling about Christianity, colonialism, and imperialism has been insidious at undermining the teaching of the Crusades, and has undermined scholarly conclusions on the political theology and underlying telos (i.e., purpose) of the Crusades. As one honest historian notes who challenged progressive myths, such as the paradise of Al-Andalus remarked:

“Professional self-preservation as well as political correctness and economics has affected academic research in certain fields of study, in contrast to the fearlessness demonstrated by professors when unmasking horrors in such dangerous areas of investigation as Christian Europe (the burning of witches! colonialism!) and Catholic Spain (the ubiquitous Spanish Inquisition!). Islamic Spain is no exception to the rule. University presses do not want to get in trouble presenting an Islamic domination of even centuries ago as anything but a positive event, and academic specialists would rather not portray negatively a subject that constitutes their bread and butter. In addition, fear of the accusation of ‘Islamophobia’ has paralyzed many academic researchers.”
―Darío Fernández-Morera, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain

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