Bernard Lewis

in Cultures in Conflict

Published in print April 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102833
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854509 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the Europeans' voyages of discovery in relation to the religious war between Muslims and Christians. It suggests that most of the explorations and voyages were designed to seek and capture enemies. It also contends that there were good, practical reasons for the victors in the reconquests, at both ends of Europe, to pursue their retreating enemies and there was the obvious tactical need to prevent them from regrouping and to forestall a counterattack.

Keywords: voyages; Europeans; religious war; Muslims; Christians; Europe

Chapter.  6710 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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