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The Crusader StrategyDefending the Holy Land$
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Steve Tibble

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300253115

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300253115.001.0001

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A Time Before Strategy?

(p.18) Two Prelude
The Crusader Strategy

Steve Tibble

Yale University Press

This chapter describes a time before strategy, when the lands of the Middle East were intensely fractured, and trust and loyalty were scarce commodities. It looks at a time when self-interest was paramount and where chaos was so ingrained that an entire life could be lived without knowing anything else. It also talks about wars that are guided by politics, driven by policy objectives, and implemented through strategy but often lost in the rushed outpouring of human actions and emotions. The chapter discusses the liberation of Jerusalem and the end of the First Crusade, where most of the original crusaders returned home and some remained to defend the Holy Land. It also includes the four political entities that are collectively known as the “crusader states”: The Kingdom of Jerusalem, the County of Tripoli, the Principality of Antioch, and the County of Edessa.

Keywords:   Middle East, wars, First Crusade, crusaders, Holy Land, crusader states, Jerusalem, Tripoli, Antioch, Edessa

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