KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM, AND EMPIRE OF SULTAN SALAH AL-DIN

Background

The size of the Sultan's empire tells the real story: the Crusader states were just too small. Wars need armies and armies need men: Baghdad alone was then a city of over one million. Moreover, apart from the Christians' enormous logistical supply problems, the Arabs lived there and were adapted to the climate, the water problems (and locations). Like the Europeans, the Arabs were disunited and it required the extraordinary efforts of Sultan Salah al-Din.

ENDNOTES

1          University of Pennsylvania at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~rs143/sultan.jpg.

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