Tuesday, November 02, 2010

How did the Baltic Crusades shape European society as we know it today?

A new University of Reading led study aims to investigate the environmental and cultural impact of the Baltic Crusades and its role in shaping modern Europe. Whilst the Crusades are famously associated with European attempts to recover the Holy Land, they were also a key feature of the expansion of European society in other frontier regions.

Using a range of state-of-the-art techniques in scientific archaeology and historical studies, researchers aim to discover to what extent were new forms of agriculture, animal husbandry, hunting techniques and resource exploitation strategies, part of the ‘cultural package’ introduced as a result of the Crusades.

Click here to read this article from Medievalists.net