A Place of Power


This map is about the crusades, an effort done by both the Muslims and the Christians to claim the holy land, known to most of us today as Jerusalem. This map’s objective is to tell a story of just how this particular phenomenon manifested itself at a particular point in time. Up to a considerable extent this map did its job of providing information to the public, I’m saying this behttp://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&client=gmail&rls=gm&biw=1440&bih=796&tbm=isch&tbnid=EppML-ltlDci7M:&imgrefurl=http://sillysoft.net/lux/maps/The%2520Crusades&docid=2YHKQHWcIOJHvM&imgurl=http://sillysoft.net/plugins/images/The%252520Crusades.jpg&w=1500&h=930&ei=MFYqT6-4JPCRiQeNu-3aDg&zoom=1cause this map’s target audience is obviously the public, and to someone who is new to the history of the crusades, the information included in this map is already substantial. This particular map caught my interest partly because I have always been interested with medieval affairs and partly because it gave me a glimpse of just how powerful a certain place can be. Come to think about it Jerusalem is not that special, it has no particular resource that holds great value and its location is not that special either. Yet, despite this lackluster situation of the place, people still went to great heights and sacrificed resources and lives in order to lay claim to this land. Thus, this phenomenon shows the great power that a place can hold. A power that can come only when an object stands for something bigger than itself and for the case of Jerusalem, what it symbolized was far greater than that of what it possessed in actuality. To the people giving their lives, it was not just a point on the map, it was a place of power and worship, to them this was the holy land and that was reason enough for them to lay their lives on the line.

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