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We should, then, locate the onset of the general European Dark Ages from the 550-650 period. It  is not entirely clear what set off this third wave of Barbarians, why the plague emerged with such  consequences, why settled society proved so non-resilient, and why during the same years, Arab  Bedouin proved unwilling to remain in the Arabian peninsula. Aside from fortuitous conjuncture,  satisfactory explanations are elusive. One that has been offered lately to explain European, Asian,  and even Meso-American changes during these century is a climatic mega-event somewhere in  central Asia. An earthquake followed by a series of volcanoes spurred frantic migrations of all  sorts of tribes, Avars included, into more settled areas. Also on the move was the plague. More  settled areas, in turn, witnessed worsening agricultural conditions and poorer weather, perhaps  set off by the seismic event. In Arabia, the event's impact on international trade was reflected in  comparative impoverishment of local trade oligarchies as well as a growing gap between rich and 
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