Chapter 9 Summaries and reflections WHAP - Introduction In...

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Introduction: In western Europe, King Charles became the first to become king. During this time, eastern Europe and the Byzantine Empire were heavily focused on Christianity. The Byzantine kept most of the Roman culture, while western Europe wasn’t. Although, the Byzantine was declining, while western Europe was starting to get back on its feet. The Byzantine Empire: In the Byzantine Empire, their emperor did not establish Christianity, but influenced it. As time went on, Christianity and Islam religion started to compete with each other. The popularity of these two religions rapidly started to grow in the Byzantine Empire. Rich landowning citizens gained more political power because urban elite’s were starting to decline economically. Diversity and Dominance: European rulers held strong connections to the religious institutions, this let them have even more power because of their religious standpoint. Having religious and political power made you very powerful in Europe.
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