Crisis of the 3rd cent

Crisis of the 3rd Century

Not to give it away – but the things to look for in the Crisis of the 200’s which foreshadowed the beginning of the Middle Ages and modern Europe:

Decentralization:

increasing reliance on large land-owners rather than cities to run the Empire,
increasing Military, both in cost, size, and governmental focus,
drastic economic trade decline,
debasement of the coinage (coins become practically worthless, barter replaces a money economy in around the Mediterranean),
barbarian incursions,
decline of the city (for the 1st time in millenia), walled towns (for the first time in centuries),
migration of city-dwellers to large landed estates for safety and jobs,
relative population decline

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