25 December 2014
Fall of Rome CCOT Rewrite
A number of political transformations contributed to continuities and changes in the cultures of the Mediterranean region during the period circa 200 CE to 1000 CE. But perhaps the most significant political transformation was the fall of Rome in 476 CE. This political transformation lead to social continuities that dealt with social stratification and oppression of women, political changes like the development of feudalism and the rise of the church, and economic continuities and changes such as the importance of agriculture and a turn to manorialism. Rome fell due to a plethora of reasons such as economic instability and succession issues. However, a major factor that contributed to the fall of Rome was the invasion of the Germanic tribes. The Germanic tribes were outside invaders who attacked the borders of the Roman Empire and created political disruption which inevitably lead to the fall of Rome. In 200 CE, Rome was at its height. But after the fall of Rome, Europe turned to feudalism.
After the fall of Rome in 476 CE, Europe socially stayed the same. In 200 CE, Rome was socially stratified, meaning that it was hierarchical with people in different classes. At the top were the king and his patricians. Then, there were the nobles. Subsequently, there was the merchant class. And finally, at the bottom of the social hierarchy, there were the common people who included freed men and women, and slaves. Rome was also patriarchal, meaning that the father or man in a family or clan was supreme. In other words, men were superior to women. Thus, women were oppressed in Rome during this period. After the fall of Rome in 476 CE, when Europe turned to feudalism, Europe’s social structure virtually stayed intact. However, women’s lives did slightly get better probably because their roles increased as economic conditions worsened. They were most likely needed more often to keep up the barter...
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