Peacemaking Principles Drawn from Opposition to the Crusades, 1095-1276
By John Derksen
Peace Research, Vol.36:2 (2004)
Introduction: The Crusades of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries are a well plowed field, but few have written on opposition to them. This paper focuses on European opposition to the Crusades and asks about implications for efforts to resolve conflict and build peace today. It sketches the main contours of the Crusades, describes the opposition to them, explores what similarities there might be to major conflicts of today, and finally asks what lessons peacemakers might learn from the original Crusades.