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Social, Economic, Cultural and Political Transformations of the Medieval Period

The medieval period has often been portrayed as the "Dark Ages" or the "Middle Ages" ("middle" as the "bad" between two supposedly "good" periods of the Classical Antiquity and the Renaissance). Consider the social, cultural, economic, and political transformations of this period. Are these terms appropriate for the medieval era?

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As you have stated, the phrase "Dark Ages" is used in reference to a time period which is considered "dark" on unenlightened, after the period of Late Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance. The phrase was based on the idea that during this time period, which lies approximately between the 5th and the 15th centuries, ...