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Barbarian Invasions And The Influx Of Non Romans

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Around 250 – 300 A.D., the Roman Empire went through periods of instability which eventually led to the start of the “barbarian” invasions and continued over the following two hundred years until the Roman Empire collapsed in either 476 (or 1453 A.D). Barbarians were considered by Romans those who lived outside their civilization, and were not as well educated or sophisticated as them. Nations living outside the Roman Empire were attempting to cross the border, and often colonized, disrupted, or undermined Roman rule on its territory. But did the barbarian invasions actually cause the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, or was it just a domino effect caused by the large amount of events ...view middle of the document...

There are numerous reasons why a mass amount of people started to migrate into the Roman territory, but it wasn’t until the Huns, under the rule of Attila the Hun (434-453A.D.), put pressure on the “barbarians” and may have stimulated the Great Migration, a contributing factor in the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The Huns began overrunning barbarian territories, forcing them to seek exile into the Eastern Roman Empire. Prejudice, government corruption, and high taxes turned them against the Empire, resulting in pillaging and looting throughout the Eastern Balkans. In 337 A.D., the death of Constantine (CITE) caused emperors to start “reacting to Germanic invaders, inviting some tribes into the empire to settle and become allies.”(CITE) This led to an influx of non-romans whose loyalty eventually turned and went on a rampage when the Romans treated them with disrespect and hate.
The Visigoths, “one of the tribes the Romans invited across the border to settle, were given land they could not farm, their women were raped, and they were forced to sell their children into slavery in return for food.” Eventually, they attacked the Roman armies, killing Emperor Valens...

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