Charles the Hammer Wrote:
Oct 10, 2012 2:39 PM
In all fairness, though the author does go back to 1453 and the most lamentable fall of the glorious city of Constantinople, it goes earlier, and deeper, than that. Much of what happened in the Balkans is directly attributable to the wars between Christians and Muslims (or Hagarenes/Saracens/Ishmaelites, if Robert Spencer's latest book can be believed, which the evidence I've seen so far seems to support, at least to a certain degree). It isn't *merely* about seaports and geographical advantages. It is far, far larger than those causes - though those causes most certainly played a part!