Yet it is still more proper to view this period as earnest attempts to reinvigorate the state throug

Yet it is still more proper to view this period as earnest attempts to reinvigorate the state throug

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Yet it is still more proper to view this period as earnest attempts to reinvigorate the state through  transformation. The ancient core of the Empire was Italy and the Mediterranean coast cities.  These were not terribly affected by the century of barbarian incursions and civil unrest. Some  economic decline was evident, yet subsistence farming is quite resilient, and these regions  continued as before economically, though less so culturally and politically. Moving beyond the  core, to inland cities, Gaul, and more recently Romanized areas not fully integrated linguistically  or culturally, the situation is more delicate. Barbarian plundering and Roman army requisitioning  caused a shrinkage in town size, with the first walled towns emerging. On the one hand this can  legitimately be seen as embodying insecurity and precariousness, yet we must consider that wall- building assumes privately- or senatorially-held funds; the walled cities were not without power  and money. Still, economic affects of warfare and fiscal exactions by the state were harsh.  Peasants were increasingly forced to sell their land to 
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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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