Hist 126 Wk 6 - Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #6 Rebecca...

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Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #6 Rebecca Leber-Gottberg 7/30/09 The Reasons for the Dark Age The Early Middle Ages was a period of time consumed with barely any intellectual or educational development and a society on the verge of falling apart. This phase was from “the years 500 to 1000 AD and are known as the tough times or the Dark Ages” (“Early Middle Ages”). The Dark Age was a consequence of the decline of the Western Roman Empire and said to have lasted until the time that the Renaissance began. At this point there were many contributing factors that influenced the years to be recognized as the Dark Age. It is accurate to acknowledge the Early Middle Ages in the West as a “Dark Age” because the period brought about little progression and growth. The Dark Age “refers to the time (476- 800) when there was no Roman (or Holy Roman) emperor in the West, or more generally, to the period between about 500 and 1000,” and has been “marked by frequent warfare and a virtual disappearance of urban life” (“Dark Ages”). These years gave rise to higher crime rates, which resulted in stealing and kidnapping becoming more common. People were taking food and other necessities to feed and take care of their families. Children were being abducting and taken to distant lands to help on farms and in households. Huns, Goths, and Vandals came from the East and North and invaded Western Europe, which negatively impacted the region. Buildings that were made during Roman times were destroyed and structures such as aqueducts were
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demolished. The Dark Age was full of continuous societal downfalls that had a great impact on the people of the Early Middle Ages. There was a definite weakening of societal and educational progression. However, there
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HIST 126 taught by Professor Vanneson during the Fall '09 term at Pierce College.

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Hist 126 Wk 6 - Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #6 Rebecca...

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