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1. There's a lot of sloppy thinking here. "Dark ages" is a relatively recent term, and it is better understood to mean a time where commercial records and legal documents, correspondence, etc. were sparse because civil society was breaking down. e.g., we don't really know who Arthur was, operating in about 500. But we have detailed biographies of roman administrators working in 400. Things are less dark by the 8th century.
2. "Dark" has a pejorative connotation, the kind that this video makes a straw man of. the end of the western roman empire is probably more meaningfully tied to 846 when Clovis defeated the last Roman enclave in Gaul. It would have a "dark" meaning if you were Roman, but if you were an invading german, those were good times (german historians prefer the term, "migration period) and not in a loot, rape and pillage way (that is, unlike modern germans or soccer fans). if you were one of Clovis' people, you'd have been settled alongside your Gaul neighbors. Europe is a synthesis of imperial and barbarian german culture, and the barbarians, who inherited imperial civil administration, did much to preserve this as a matter of need.
3. I wouldn't be too thrilled about my masters degree in astrology, which you could get from the university in paris.
4. The medieval warm period ended about 100 years before the plague's reappearance in europe. the second epidemic originated in central asia, so global warming and plague aren't closely connected.
5. the Scholasticism of the universities of the middle ages is a really sucky way of advancing knowledge ("Nowledge" for Nebraska fans), which is why it Renaissance scholars rejected it.
6. Prager's not top dead center. Perverting history to make political brownie points is something I expect libtards to do.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz: "Dark ages" is a relatively recent term, and it is better understood to mean a time where commercial records and legal documents, correspondence, etc. were sparse because civil society was breaking down. e.g., we don't really know who Arthur was, operating in about 500. But we have detailed biographies of roman administrators working in 400. Things are less dark by the 8th century.
Righto. The High Middle Ages were not the Dark Ages.
This video was probably more of a reminder that rather than considering the Dark Ages to be from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance - as was common, it is a term better applied to the period between the fall of Rome to the 10th century AD. The period Esolen considers in this video is now called the High Middle Ages. This link was interesting to me: [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Ages_(historiography)[/url]
The dark ages is not a single thing it is a term that was used to describe multiple situations. The fall of civilization, the elite control over education and political and religious beliefs, the poorer health and shorter life spans of the common man, the rise of political and religious oppression, and a general social and political malaise.