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In effect, then, Roman history beginning with Constantine, as the historian Bury puts it, is  European Medieval history. By Constantine's time, the historical circumstances that were to mark  the years up through 600 and beyond were already in evidence: Barbarian tribes were seeping  into Britain and Western European lands; Emperors as semi-deified, withdrawn, and absolutist  kings; involuntary peasant labor on lands not their own; personal bonds and personal law  beginning to replace impersonal law common to large expanses of territory; and, of course, the  Catholic Church, which would provide spiritual and moral direction, as well as temporal  leadership and material support, during the darkest times of the early Medieval period.  Looked at differently, the decline period of Roman history constitutes not so much a break, or  numerous breaks, from the classical period, but  aggravations of preexisting conditions.  Under  this conception, it is argued that the pressures of encroaching Barbarians amplified already 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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