Dark Ages Geography

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Dark Ages Geography

  1. 1. Do Now: • Get a lined sheet of paper and write down the following questions: – Describe the “Dark Ages – Why do historians call it the “Dark Ages”? – What is the geographical difference between Northern Europe and Southern Europe? – How has the climate and geography influenced Medieval society in Europe?
  2. 2. The Dark AgesThe Dark Ages
  3. 3. What are the “Dark Ages”? 476 C.E. – 1000 ish C.E. Europe: France (Gaul), Italy, Spain, EnglandEurope: France (Gaul), Italy, Spain, England Portugal, etc.Portugal, etc. Rome Fell – Left EuropeRome Fell – Left Europe without leadershipwithout leadership A Period of FaithA period of struggle
  4. 4. Why do historians call it the “Dark Ages”? 1 – Called the “Dark Ages” for two reasons: a.Lack of information about the period b.Little cultural advancements made 2 – No longer called the “Dark Ages” – now known as “Early Middle Ages” “The Dark Ages” – 9 min
  5. 5. European Geography Physical Features: Mountains, waterways, flatlands Vegetation
  6. 6. Find the Landform! Atlantic Ocean English Channel Pyrenees Alps Apennines Eurasia Black Sea Mediterranean Sea
  7. 7. Climate
  8. 8. Southern Europe • Rugged landscape – the Alps and the Apennines • Mild winters and hot, dry summers • Crops – citrus, olives, etc.
  9. 9. Northern Europe • Much of northern and western is grassland and farmland • Cold winters • Plenty of rainfall • Forest and farmland • Crops- Grains
  10. 10. What role did geography play in shaping Medieval society in Europe? Abundant forestsGood climate for farming -Abundant rainfall -- Great crop land Home to many self sufficient small kingdoms and Estates – People could produce What they needed Rivers
  11. 11. Review • Why do historians call the period between 476 -1000 C.E. Called the “Dark Ages”? • What role did geography play in shaping Medieval society in Europe?

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