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More directly relevant for us, though, is that the Pirenne Thesis tempts us to forget the sheer  degradation resulting from the Frankish domination in Gaul, in terms of socio-economic order  and political-legal technology. First, we must remember that the Franks were the last substantial  German tribal group to enter into Gaul. They were Romanized in only the most superficial way,  and should thus be seen as part of the second Barbarian wave of Germans migrating only to the  Roman provinces directly adjoining their ancestral areas across the Rhine. Also, the sheer  numbers of them that came, settling the land thickly as peasants and warriors, made it  impracticable for them to shed any aspect of their Germanic identity. Contact with Ripuarian  Franks on the pother side of the Rhine guaranteed maintenance of Germanic custom, just as it  provided an inexhaustable source of Frankish manpower. This ultimately subdued totally any 
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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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