"Conversion of the pagans wasn't even the most important reason for these crusades, it was greed, expansion of territory and control over trade routes that was fueling them. In my history lessons in school, nothing about this was covered"
That's usually how it goes, look at the spread of Catholicism in the new world by the Spanish. Were they really interested in saving the souls of all of the natives or were they interested in claiming the land for the resources? I think the answer is fairly obvious. It's a rather notable difference between the formation of the Spanish empire and the English colonies, Of course the English were interested in resources as well but the people who decided to come here weren't necessarily spreading their religion, they were seeking a place where they could freely practice it without being persecuted by the Anglican Church or the Catholic Church. Unfortunately the removal of Native Americans was directly attributed to resource control in the US, they can't particularly use religion as a scapegoat...which might be a little worse...I'm not sure. Schools and universities rarely teach the entire truth, just the version of the story by the victor...or often not mentioning history at all. Most Americans could barely tell you what the Crusades to "reclaim" Palestine were about much less the Northern Crusades...most wouldn't even consider that Christianity didn't exist in much of Europe until 1000 years ago...it's not something they think about. They're more concerned with football and which celebrity is in rehab.
As much as I'd like to check out that film, I don't have the data allowance to view anything that long with my crappy backwoods internet XD. Maybe I can find it for cheap with English subtitles on amazon or something.
Edited by Capsicum, 19 October 2014 - 12:52 AM.