The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 (HIST 210)The Roman Empire in the West collapsed as a political entity in the fifth century although the Eastern part survived the crisis.. Professor Freedman considers this transformation through three main questions: Why did the West fall apart -- because of the external pressure of invasions or the internal problems of institutional decline? Who were these invading barbarians? Finally, does this transformation mark a gradual shift or is it right to regard it as a cataclysmic end of civilization? Professor Freedman, as a moderate catastrophist, argues that this period marked the end of a particular civilization rather than the end of civilization in general.00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction05:43 - Chapter 2. Catastrophe 18:43 - Chapter 3. The Roman Army and the Visigoths28:25 - Chapter 4. Another Kind of Barbarian: The Huns34:19 - Chapter 5. Accomodation38:55 - Chapter 6. DeclineComplete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.eduThis course was recorded in Fall 2011.