Analyze the CCOT of the middle ages in Western Europe during 600C.E.-1450C.E.
In 476, the Roman Empire fell which created no central military authority. Many German Barbarians invaded the area so they could rule. With all the corruption, Feudalism was created which was when someone wouldgive up their land for military protection. The fall of Rome brought many revisions to political structure because it went from a lack of central authority to a society where feudalism and manorialism were strongly used. The economic basis went from the Roman coin system to the barter system and back to the coin system. The social structure was ...view middle of the document...
After the Crusades, a merchant class rose because many items needed to be made and traded. So many serfs became a merchant because it was easy for them to become since they already knew how to make a lot of the items needed. Since there was a lot of trade, it was much easier for the merchants to use the coin system so the barter system wasn’t used anymore. Also, the king was tied to the merchants because he could use them to get taxes from other areas. The plague caused a huge population decrease so there was less trade and farming on land.
In the beginning of the middle ages, education disappeared and war became supreme. There were two classes: serfs and lords because the king was weak and manorialism. The Code of Chivalry, which is a moral code for taking care of people, became important. Knights followed it and it took a person about 21 years to become a knight. At age 7, he became a Paige then at age 14, he became a Squire then at age 21, he became a knight. After the Crusades, the middle class developed which were the merchants. The merchants also had stages: Apprentice, Journeymen, and then Master. To become a Master, one had to do a big project and the Craft Guilds, which was an assembly of craftsmen, had to accept him. In the later part of the middle ages, the merchants became wealthy, and the plague knocked out 1/3 of Europe.
In the early stage of the Middle Ages, many technological advances were developed. For agriculture, the mould board plow, horse collar and three-field crop rotation developed. The horse collar let the horse the plow with his shoulders, so the horse could carry...