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Invasions, Barbarian
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Mass, migrations have not been confined to any one period or to certain peoples. Various causes again and again set whole peoples on the move: oppression by neighbouring peoples or conquerors, natural disasters, overpopulation, love of pillage and adventure. But we are concerned here only with the Germanic invasions, beginning with the settlement of the Goths on Roman soil in the year 376 and ending with the Lombardic settlement in Italy in the year 568. These “Barbarian Invasions” brought to an end the Imperium Romanum in the West, but the subsequent unification of Christian, …

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Kurt Reindel, “Invasions, Barbarian”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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