World History Series Documentaries: The Crusades – Episode 02: Where It All Begins

I still remember my teacher always emphasized me to know both sides of any issue before jumping to any conclusions, especially dealing with emotions and beliefs. By hearing only one side of a story, a person may not get the whole picture of what had happened. Majority of the times, people view events through their own lens. People may exaggerate the facts or ignore some of the details to benefit their side of the story. Facts can only be confirmed when its investigated thoroughly through multiple lenses. Only then, a proper conclusion can benefit an individual or a society. Unfortunately, history is full of such events where people and communities make critical decisions based on incomplete information, leaving a lifelong scar on the face of humanity.

I have initiated a World History Series on my YouTube channel that will shed some light on history’s most controversial events that have become the turning points for human civilization. This series will be in the form of short episodic narrative documentaries. The emphasis will be on simple yet engaging content for audiences of any age. The first instalment in this series is the Crusades, a sequence of religious wars initiated and supported by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The term ‘Crusade’ refers primarily to the Eastern Mediterranean campaigns between 1095 CE and 1271 CE that had the objective of conquering the Holy Land from Islamic rule.

In the second episode ‘Where it all begins, we will see how a simple requisition of help had been taken as an invitation to war. What makes the people of Constantinople avenge and take back Jerusalem after so many years of peace between Christians and Muslims?

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