When Were the Middle Ages? | World History Review

The Middle Ages was the period between the 5th and 15th centuries, starting at the collapse of the Roman Empire. This time can be split into three main sections: he Early Middle Ages, High Middle Ages, and Late Middle Ages. The Early Middle Ages were characterized by social and political changes due to the Roman Empire’s collapse. During the High Middle Ages, there was a lot of population growth in Europe, as well as technological advances. The Crusades took place during this time as feudalism became popular. The Late Middle Ages were a more depressing time; the Black Death occurred, killing millions of people. There was also controversy concerning heresy within the church.


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The Middle Ages


The Middle Ages was a time period between the 5th and 15th centuries. It started with the collapse of the Roman Empire. We can split the Middle Ages up into three main sections: The early Middle Ages, the high Middle Ages, and the late Middle Ages. Each section has its own particular characteristics.


The early Middle Ages were characterized by social and political changes. Remember, the Roman Empire had just collapsed, so there was kind of a lot of land up for grabs at that point for countries to take that the Roman Empire used to hold. A lot of conflict at that time as countries tried to gain and acquire that land for themselves.


During the high Middle Ages, lots of population growth in Europe, and lots of technological advances also in Europe. The Crusades took place at this point, as Western Christians tried to regain the Holy Land from the Muslims.


Feudalism was very common at this time, which is where a peasant would live on a piece of land owned by noble in exchange for working for that noble. The late Middle Ages were a very depressing point of the Middle Ages. The Black Death occurred at that point, which was a disease that killed millions and millions of Europeans.


There was also controversy in the church, and some cases of heresy. Just like the Middle Ages came after the Roman Empire, the Renaissance came after the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages, in some ways, set the stage for the renaissance.



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