No more paternity just nomads

Posted by Paul Davis on 10/29/2017

Hey WHAP'ers,

             The whole weekend is going by and I have'nt posted my blog yet. It has been a busy Halloween Weekend from trunk or treats to parades to decorating and I even got a chance to go to the soccer game (great season Dubset). I was thinking about the nomads and how they have traditionally been the pastoralists whose geography did not favor settlement. They usually did not have the advantage of large populations, writing, accumulating many posessions and were constantly in flux being on the move wherever their most recent food source was. Quite often, those food sources were within the Classical Empires. Both the Germanic tribes and Huns were interested in goods from the Classical Empires ( notably Rome). As nomads, they were quite adept at siege warfare constantly comperting over scarce resources but were often proven to be useful as merchants, converts to universalizing religions or just a contributing member of society paying taxes, serving the military or as a laborer. Not always were they the brutes, savages and barbarians that the Classical Empires would have you think. As I said in class, it is quite important to view history from multiple perspectives. In any event, here is a stab at the quiz tomorrow:

I From 600 B.C.E-600 C.E both the Hunas and Germanic tribes served to contribute to the decline and fall of Classical Empires, both were veiwed as savage and barbaric with scorn and fear, however while the Huns would extort funds from the Roman Empire, the Germanic tribes would assimilate encompassing almost half of  Rome's military.

II. With overextension of terrotorial boundaries, classical Empires like Rome and Han would be attacked by the Ostrogoths and the Hsung Nu leading to their decline and fall. Along with corruption, natural disasters and disease, most historians claim the deathknell for classical empires were when the "barbarians were at the gate" and great cities like Rome and Chang An were razed (burnt to the ground).

III. With the inability to read and write and often speaking diferent languages and practicing different cultures, classical empires like Rome, Han and Gupta often ethnocentrically referred to groups like the Huns and Germanic tribes as barbaric and savage. This xenophobic behavior would often contribute to immigration policies and lead to a general fear and mistrust of groups along the periphery of empir.

IV. Often Germanic tribes would look to assmilate to the Roman Empire out of a want for a better way of life which included strong infrastructure, clean drinking water and courts of law while the Huns cared very little for teh creature comforts of "civlized" life but instead wished to bilk gold and silver from Rome's treasury. Possbly because the Germanic tribes were driven into the Roman Empire by the Huns that they desired a more stable lifestyle while the conquering, sacking and extorting by the Huns may have just been a successful way of gettting the respect they so desparately desired. 

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