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kindle ´ Holy War How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries × How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries ✓ ☉ Holy War: How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in aA sweeping historical epic and a radical new interpretation of Vasco da Gamas groundbreaking voyages seen as a turning point in the struggle between Christianity and IslamIn 1498 a young captain sailed from Portugal circumnavigated Africa crossed the Indian Ocean and discovered the sea route to the Indies and with it access to the fabled wealth of the East It was the longest voyage known to history The little ships were pushed beyond their limits and their crews were racked by storms and devastated by disease However their greatest enemy was neither nature nor even the sheer dread of venturing into unknown worlds that existed on maps populated by coiled toothy sea monsters With bloodred Crusader crosses A new perspective on Vasco da Gama’s epic voyages is what is offered in Nigel Cliff’s “Holy War” book Unlike the traditional approach it is not a mere account of the voyages as the inauguration of a route to India by sea and thus allowing Europe through Portugal easier and cheaper access to the much sought spices of the East It is rather the insertion of such an epic nautical event in a much broader picture; that of the much forgotten clash between Islam and ChristianityIn this light Da Gama’s nautical feats are perceived in a much different manner; they are both instrumental in the expansion of the Christian Faith in its everlasting struggle against the infidel Islam and its followers as well as in economic dominium through the control of the spices’ sources and routes Here too such a dominium means a death blow to the Muslim traders and the Spice Land Route through Egypt An additional setback to Islam in the centuries old Clash of Civilizations between Christendom and Islam that would turn the tide in favour of the former in the centuries that would followAfterall with the the fall of Constantinople today’s Istanbul in 1453 Islam was on Europe’s door A sense of impending doom slowly gained ground Da Gama’s epic voyage put a stop to thatA final note on the author’s chronicler selection to depict 15th and 16th century Portuguese India namely Goa As I see it both accounts from Frenchman Jean Mocuet and an unnamed Venetian ambassador to Spain are deeply biased and are therefore very poor choices lacking credibility One must bear in mind that these nations were back then Portugal’s rivals A flaw in an otherwise well researched and written text

Holy War How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries Old Clash of CivilizationsA sweeping historical epic and a radical new interpretation of Vasco da Gamas groundbreaking voyages seen as a turning point in the struggle between Christianity and IslamIn 1498 a young captain sailed from Portugal circumnavigated Africa crossed the Indian Ocean and discovered the sea route to the Indies and with it access to the fabled wealth of the East It was the longest voyage known to history The little ships were pushed beyond their limits and their crews were racked by storms and devastated by disease However their greatest enemy was neither nature nor even the sheer dread of venturing into unknown worlds that existed on maps populated by coiled toothy sea monsters With bloodred Crusader crosses A new perspective on Vasco da Gama’s epic voyages is what is offered in Nigel Cliff’s “Holy War” book Unlike the traditional approach it is not a mere account of the voyages as the inauguration of a route to India by sea and thus allowing Europe through Portugal easier and cheaper access to the much sought spices of the East It is rather the insertion of such an epic nautical event in a much broader picture; that of the much forgotten clash between Islam and ChristianityIn this light Da Gama’s nautical feats are perceived in a much different manner; they are both instrumental in the expansion of the Christian Faith in its everlasting struggle against the infidel Islam and its followers as well as in economic dominium through the control of the spices’ sources and routes Here too such a dominium means a death blow to the Muslim traders and the Spice Land Route through Egypt An additional setback to Islam in the centuries old Clash of Civilizations between Christendom and Islam that would turn the tide in favour of the former in the centuries that would followAfterall with the the fall of Constantinople today’s Istanbul in 1453 Islam was on Europe’s door A sense of impending doom slowly gained ground Da Gama’s epic voyage put a stop to thatA final note on the author’s chronicler selection to depict 15th and 16th century Portuguese India namely Goa As I see it both accounts from Frenchman Jean Mocuet and an unnamed Venetian ambassador to Spain are deeply biased and are therefore very poor choices lacking credibility One must bear in mind that these nations were back then Portugal’s rivals A flaw in an otherwise well researched and written text

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Holy War: How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations É E that continues to shape our worldHoly War reveals the unexpected truth that both Vasco da Gama and his archrival Christopher Columbus set sail with the clear purpose of launching a Crusade whose objective was to reach the Indies; seize control of its markets in spices silks and precious gems from Muslim traders; and claim for Portugal or Spain respectively all the territories they discovered Vasco da Gama triumphed in his mission and drew a dividing line between the Muslim and Christian eras of historywhat we in the West call the medieval and the modern ages Now that the world is once again tipping back East Holy War offers a key to understanding age old religious and cultural rivalries resurgent toda Nigel Cliff beschreibt in diesem Buch sehr gut die Vorgeschichte und Hintergründe von Vasco da Gama's Reise Ich habe hier sehr viele neue Informationen über seine Reise und die damalige Situation in Indien bekommen Seine englische Ausdrucksweise ist hervorragend und absolut nicht trocken doc ´ How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries ´ Nigel Cliff

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Nigel Cliff ´ Old Clash of Civilizations book Emblazoned on their sails the explorers arrived in the heart of the Muslim East at a time when the old hostilities between Christianity and Islam had risen to a new level of intensity In two voyages that spanned six years Vasco da Gama would fight a running sea battle that would ultimately change the fate of three continentsAn epic tale of spies intrigue and treachery; of bravado brinkmanship and confused and often comical collisions between cultures encountering one another for the first time; Holy War also offers a surprising new interpretation of the broad sweep of history Identifying Vasco da Gamas arrival in the East as a turning point in the centuries old struggle between Islam and Christianityon In einem Reiseführer zu den Malediven las ich in einem kurzen geschichtlichen Abriss von der Schreckensherrschaft der Portugiesen im Indischen Ozean was mich seitdem nicht mehr los ließ Auf der Suche nach einem Werk über die Geschichte der portugiesischen Besiedelung von Westindien traf ich auf dieses Werk Es füllt die Wissenslücken des Lesers zum Thema Heinrich dem Seefahrer und Vasco da Gama in spannender und zugleich seriöser Weise Die kurze Einleitung schildert die Landung da Gamas in Indien in einer Momentaufnahme und blendet dann überraschend zurück bis zur Entstehung des Islam In einem Kurzabriss erfährt der Leser von den Entstehungsgründen dieser Religion in Mekka ihrer Ausbreitung auf der iberischen Halbinsel aber auch der Reconuista Das Buch schildert wie aus den zT wirren Ereignissen sich die Umrisse des portugiesischen Staatsgebildes entwickeln Die recht zwielichtige Figur Prinz Heinrichs der trotz seines Beinamens wohl nie ein hochseetüchtiges Schiff bestiegen hat gibt dabei die Maßstäbe vor Recht rasch wird deutlich dass ich an der westafrikanischen Küste nur mit dem Sklavenhandel Geld verdienen lässt Dies aber nutzt der Prinzip in gnadenloser Weise aus Als er 1460 stirbt steht die maritime Strategie des portugiesischen Königshauses unverrückbar fest Spannend ist auch das Portrait da Gamas der keineswegs ein selbstverständlicher Kandidat für die große Reise war sondern sich mit großem Ehrgeiz Hunger nach Ruhm und vor allem auch in Rivalität zu dem Phantasten Kolumbus seinen Weg bahnte Er war ein Mann von pragmatischer Härte und Durchhaltevermögen der letztlich nach der Umrundung des Kaps der Guten Hoffnung so ziemlich alles auf eine Karte setzte und den indischen Kontinent mit Hilfe arabischer Navigatoren aber doch unter großen Unsicherheiten ansteuerte Interessant sind vor allem die Motive dieser Expedition Als moderner Leser vermutet man stets den Wunsch nach den Reichtümern Indiens als zentrales Motiv Auf seiner zweiten Indienreise zeigt er Abgründe von Grausamkeit Denn die Portugiesen unter ihrem König Manuel dem Glücklichen verstanden die Erschließung des Seewegs nach Indien vor allem als einen Kreuzzug Wenn da Gama arabische Schiffe auf offener See aufbringen und die wehrlosen Passagiere töten lässt erscheint er zumindest aus heutiger Sicht eher wie ein Pirat und Mörder Auf seiner dritten Indienfahrt befiehlt er übrigens dann die Besetzung der Malediven weil sich dort arabische Piraten eingenistet haben Die Portugiesen aber ziehen aber an der Malabar Küste eine Spur der Verwüstung nach sich bis gegen 1570 ihre Dominanz bereits dem Ende entgegengeht Der Autor schildert auch die verkommene Spätzeit in der Korruption und Unfähigkeit der Provinzstadt Goa die teilweise mehr Einwohner hatte als Lissabon ein Ende bereiteteDas Buch wirkt gründlich recherchiert und stellt typisch für die angloamerikanische Geschichtsschreibung immer wieder packend die Alltagsszenen und die Charaktere der Akteure in den VordergrundEine klare Empfehlung