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Dark Ages Essay

1163 words - 5 pages

Ja'Kerria Parker
October 6th , 2014
Period: 4th
The "Dark Ages" occurred during medieval times.. During this day and age there were lots of social conflict(diseases , child labor, and human trafficking) and enviromental conflict as well. the "Dark Ages" may have been the worst years in the lives of the people in Europe.

The dark ages may have many definitions based on who is defining it, but, it has a general definition which defines it as the time period ushered in by the fall of Rome. This era took on the term "dark" by later foreigners due to the backwards practices and ways that seemed to prevail at this time. Future historians ...view middle of the document...

War also played a large role in this times and the violence endured was beyond any human being but it happened believe it or not and some survived while many others didn't. That was just the way it went.

Social Conflict..

Under the feudal system introduced by the Normans, society was like a pyramid. At the top of the pyramid was the king. Below him were the barons or tenants-in-chief. The king granted them land and in return they had to provide so many soldiers to fight for so many days a year. They also had to swear an oath of loyalty to the king and they became his vassals. The barons granted land to knights, so on and so forth. There has been a general, vague perception that, in the Middle Ages, children were not valued by their families or by society as a whole. In towns and cities, children would grow to become the laborers and apprentices that made a craft business grow. Among the nobility, children would perpetuate the family name and increase the family's holdings through advancement in service to their liege lords and through advantageous marriages. Child labor was common. Children began an apprenticeship, entered service, or worked behind the plow before they reached 10 years of age. The trade in slaves persisted on a large scale throughout the early Middle Ages. Slavery began to decline as slave labor became increasingly scarce and expensive. Although disrupted by the barbarian invasions of the early Middle Ages, slavery continued to exist in western Europe and in the Byzantine Empire. As the populations in the towns and cities increased , hygiene worsened, leading to a vast array of health problems. People suffered and died from many illnesses because no one could find a proper cure for the disease. Diseases such as "Black Death" caused by a common disease "Ebola" spread quickly and killed even quicker.

Enviromental Issues..

During the high, Middle Ages in Europe experienced a climate slightly warmer than in the period preceding and the period following it. The summer temperatures were between 1 and 1.4 degrees higher than the average temperature of the 20th century. The winters were even warmer with an average temperature in England of 6 degrees, which is slightly warmer than for most of the 20th century. The warmer conditions were caused by the fact that the air circulation above the Atlantic changed position, as did the warm sea currents, transporting warmer...

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