The Fall of the Roman Empire Cause and Effect Essay by Research Group

The Fall of the Roman Empire
Examines the effect on Europe with the fall of the Roman Empire, especially the spread of Christianity.
# 26845 | 1,000 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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In the first millennium after the decline and fall of the Roman empire, Western Europe developed new kingdoms under the rule of various leaders, developed agriculture and commerce beyond the rudimentary beginnings of the Roman era and became more Christianized with the spread of that religion as the guiding power in Europa culture. This paper looks at the growing popularity of Christianity and the founding of the first Christian Empire by Constantine in 306 A.D. It shows the influence of Christian leaders and statesmen on Europe. The paper also looks at the development of the feudal system and changes in migration patterns.

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"The end of the Roman Empire coincided with the movement of people through massive migrations often termed invasions, and historians still argue over whether these migrations began during the Roman era or only after it ended. Large areas of the north-western Roman Empire became Germanic through these migrations, notably England but also modern Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria (Holmes 60). Urban regions grew during this era, though not as they would in the second millennium. Europe therefore remained largely rural, and agriculture remained the primary economic power throughout this era. Lords established their control over regions and people and over the agriculture that was produced in these regions. They reduced free peasants to servitude with the offer of protection and the levying of taxation. The peasants were then hereditarily bound to their tenements and liable to arbitrary levies and labor services (Holmes 120-121)."

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