By Bernard Lewis
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1995
With attractiveness and erudition, Lewis explores that climactic yr of 1492 as a conflict of civilizations - a conflict not just of the hot international and the previous but additionally of Christendom, Islam, and the Jews. within the related yr that Columbus set sail around the Atlantic, he reminds us, the Spanish monarchs captured Granada, the final Muslim stronghold at the peninsula, and in addition expelled the Jews. Lewis makes use of those 3 epochal occasions to discover the character of the growth of Europe, putting the voyages of discovery in a awesome new context. He strains Christian Europe's direction from primitive backwater at the edges of the sizeable cosmopolitan Caliphate, during the heightening competition of Christianity and Islam, to the triumph of the West, studying the standards in the back of their altering fortunes.
That contest lengthy remained extra very important in lots of Christians minds than the recent international: as overdue as 1683, Vienna virtually fell to the Ottoman armies. Lewis additionally displays on altering characteristics in eu and Islamic cultures and where of the Jews in either. The Jews who fled Spain discovered a receptive atmosphere in Turkey; however the stability of tolerance and openness to innovation progressively shifted west. The voyages of discovery have been themselves part of the Christian-Muslim clash, he writes, an try and outflank the Islamic international.
The ecu explorers sailed right into a international they scarcely understood; and but they imposed their very own perceptions of geography at the lands they conquered. Africa, Asia, the center and much East, the outdated and New Worlds - as highbrow strategies, all are ecu creations, Lewis observes; satirically, those related definitions were authorised by way of even the main anti-Western activists.
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