In western Europe, the ten centuries between the fall of Rome in the 5th and the fall of Constantinople in the 15th, became known as Middle Ages.
The Greek-Roman cultural background and the beginning Christian culture, merge with "Barbarian" influences due to the invasions. Goths, Arabs, and Northmen, left lasting traces , mostly in the field of art.
Arabs are responsible for the isolation of Europe as well as for the establishment ofsome of the social and political structures of the feudal system.They are also responsible for the Crusades which by the end of this period reopen the commerce with orient,make possible the reappearance of a new burgeoisie with a developed taste for luxury and refinement, and in England, the signature of the Carta Magna.
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