GLOBAL HISTORY REVIEW
The Middle AgesEarly Middle Ages: The Dark Ages
Dark AgesThe Dark Ages are also known as the Middle AgesThe Dark Ages began with the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D. and lasted until about 800 A.D.
Only the western half of the Roman Empire descended into the Dark Ages.The eastern half became the Byzantine Empire.
EffectsWhen Rome was an empire, it had a strong government to protect its people all over Europe. After the fall of Rome, there was no centralized government. Roads crumbled and trade declined. The people of Europe did not even share a common language anymore. Soon languages such as French, Spanish, and Italian developed, making it difficult to communicate beyond a small geographic area.
EffectsThere was only one common organization uniting Europe:
This time in Europe was called the Dark Ages because it was a time conditions were:
Unorganized (no centralized govt)Uneducated (no formal schooling)Poor (no organized trade)
A type of government during the Middle Ages; it is a decentralized government because it was run locally; all based on ownership of land.
Nobles: lord, knight (Titles: Duke/Baron; Earl/Marquis)
Peasants: Priests, Craftsmen, Serfs (bound to the land)
How it workedEveryone belonged to a social class
Based on allegiance (loyalty) to your lord
LordAnyone above you in the feudal systemMade rules
Anyone below you in the feudal system; followed their lords rules
The Black Death
How it SpreadWild Rat HumanWild Rat Flea HumanWild Rat Flea Domestic Rat HumanWild Rat Flea Domestic Rat Flea Human
Where it SpreadFrom Asia
To the Middle East
To the Crusades
Yes, but Europeans were exposed to the cultures of
They began to with each other more
Began inWealthiest cities
PatronsWealthy people who paid artists and thinkers to do great work.
Like the Medici family in Florence
No perspectiveNo proportionReligious themesMiddle Ages
RenaissanceEveryday scenes.More realistic.HUMANISM
Made it great
African Tribal Empires