At the time of the fall of the Western empire its Eastern counterpart seemed so strong — strategically more difficult to attack, wealthier and with a higher morale. There were far fewer internal disputes over the leadership; church and state enjoyed good relations as opposed to their mutual hostility in the West; there was a considerable free peasantry in contrast to the serfs on the big landed estates in the West. But it was not long before the political and economic patterns of the West repeated themselves in the East.
KeywordsEleventh Century Seventh Century Uncultivated Land Danubian Basin Mutual Hostility
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