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Graham Mustin: Religion and revolution in the Middle Ages
International Socialism Journal nr. 147, jul 15 – side 179
Note: In International Socialism 141 Roland Boer gives a fascinating account of how Luther Blissett’s novel Q is “a stunning reclamation of the revolutionary Christian tradition for a whole generation of anti-capitalist activists”.
Jonathan Maunder: Life before capitalism: Feudalism and the growth of the market
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 6
Note: In the first part of our new series Jonathan Maunder looks at the dynamics of the feudal system
Elaine Graham-Leigh: Book review: Exploring the peasant crusaders
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 197
Note: Conor Kostick, The Social Structure of the First Crusade (Brill, 2008), £93.99
In 1095 Pope Urban II called on the faithful to retake the Holy Land for Christianity. This unleashed a crusading movement which saw hundreds of thousands of Europeans flock to the Middle East, capture Jerusalem and establish a crusader kingdom in Palestine which persisted for almost 200 years.
Conor Kostick: The First Crusade: for faith and plunder
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 13
Note: The princes, knights, peasants and pilgrims who answered the pope’s call for the First Crusade in 1095 were driven by many different motivations.
Chris Harman: Review: The merchant and the Middle Ages
International Socialism Journal nr. 115, jul 07 – side 205
Note: Eric H Mielants, The Origins of Capitalism and the “Rise of the West” (Temple University Press, 2007), £30
Chris Harman: When Reason was revolt
International Socialism Journal nr. 113, jan 07 – side 187
Note: A review of Jonathan I Israel, Enlightenment Contested (Oxford, 2006), £30
This is a long (871 pages of text), often repetitive, occasionally confusing, and very important book. It continues the challenge to the conventional view of the Enlightenment made by Israel five years ago in his The Radical Enlightenment.

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