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Identifier: europeanhistoryo00adam (find matches)
Title: European history : an outline of its development
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: Adams, George Burton, 1851-1925
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Publisher: New York London : The Macmillan Company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation



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ened the way for another German tribe. The Lombards had followed the Ostrogoths across the Danube, and now they followed them into Italy. Justinian had been dead but three years when they descended into the valley of the Po and took possession of that part of Italy almost as easily as if it were a vacant land, only a very few of the cities making any resistance. Of the rest of the country, however, their conquest was very slow and never complete. The Lombards were very rude and uncivilized, in a backward stage of political development, and not yet thoroughly accustomed to a national government. For some years after the conquest they lived without a king, ruled in little states by dukes, while others were trying to make new states for themselves in the unconquered parts of the country. These later conquests were made without much order or system, wherever it pleased the leader of the band to settle. Thus it happened that the eastern Romans retained many fragments of territory scattered about in the
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148 TJie Founding of the German States (§§ i4o» 141 The Eastern Empire retained parts of Italy. The attack began before the Romans withdrew. Church, The Count of the Saxon Shore(novel). The first settlement, 449. The development of government. peninsula, and separated from one another by the Lombardlands. This fact had very important consequences in later history. Southern Italy remained a part of the Eastern Empire for almost five hundred years. Rome and Naples, Genoa, Venice, and Ravenna escaped the Lombard occupation, and though the exarch of Ravenna was in form the representative of the emperor, he could exercise no very effective control over the cities which were separated from his by Lombard territory. This meant local independence, and in the case of Rome it meant the beginning from which grew the popes temporal sovereignty. 140. The Saxons in Britain. — One German settlement remains to be described, and one in which we are especially interested, the Saxon. They had begun to make plunde

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