A migration of peoples, especially that of Germanic and Slavic peoples into Europe from the 2nd to the 11th centuries.
- The depletion of these countries during the Völkerwanderung and the adverse climatic conditions of the Middle Ages must have had in the first instance a selective, in the second a depressing, effect upon national stature.
- For the barbarians, this new settlement was the culmination of a period of defeat, migration and conquest know as the Völkerwanderung - the ‘Wandering of the Peoples.’
- As a consequence of the colonization patterns, the Völkerwanderung, the routes for trade and communication (chiefly the rivers), and of physical isolation (high mountains and deep forests) very different regional dialects developed.
German, from Völker 'nations' + Wanderung 'migration'.
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