Long-term Benefits of the Crusades



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Long-term Benefits of the Crusades


ECONOMY

TECHNOLOGY

CULTURE

Contact with the Arab world led to increased trade:




  • new luxury goods came into Europe from the Middle East and China (things like silk, sugar, spices, melons, porcelain, silver, and tapestries)




  • there were expanded markets for European goods (things like textiles)




  • trade centers like Flanders or Genoa and Venice in Italy gained wealth and power




  • towns grew





Europeans learned from the Arab world how to:




  • make new and improved weapons







  • make more accurate maps






Europeans rediscovered Greek and Roman texts and artifacts that had been preserved by Byzantine and Muslim scholars:




  • classical ideas stimulated a renewed intellectual life







  • medieval scholars in universities could study Roman law, Aristotle, and Muslim writings








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