By Andrew Wheatcroft
This is the 1st panoptic background of the lengthy fight among the Christian West and Islam.
In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity among civilizations. He starts with a beautiful account of the conflict of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the most zones of clash: Spain, from which the descendants of the Moors have been ultimately expelled; the center East, the place Crusaders and Muslims clashed for years; and the Balkans, the place far-off thoughts spurred atrocities even into the 20th century. all through, Wheatcroft delves underneath stereotypes, having a look incisively at how photos, rules, language, and know-how (from the printing press to the Internet), in addition to politics, faith, and conquest, have allowed either side to demonize the opposite, revive outdated grievances, and gasoline throughout centuries a likely unquenchable enmity. eventually, Wheatcroft tells how this fraught background ended in our current maelstrom. we can't, he argues, come to phrases with today’s difficult animosities with no confronting this darkish earlier.
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