Top Ten Medieval Civilizations

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The medieval period (476 A. D-1300s) is known as the Dark ages, when the Bubonic Plague hit, and trade declined. However, the medieval period is also a time of enlightenment. These are the top ten Medieval civilizations.

The Top Ten

1 Islamic Caliphates

To say the truth, the Islamic Caliphs were dominant rulers. They were one of the many great empires who brought Persia to its feet. The Islamic Empire is the greatest and only empire that is for a religion. The Islamic Empire even reduced the #2 on this list, the Byzantine Empire, to a city, which is Constantinople. The Islamic Caliphates also took over parts of Spain and conquered Egypt and Northern Africa. They pretty much won every battle they put up and they lost only a battle to Vienna. They also gave us most of our modern knowledge. If they didn't work hard and store knowledge into libraries, we won't even know the Greeks or their ideas, or even logic, mathematics, and more. They also had advancements in health and medicine, and they invented the English numbers. The Islamic Empire also wrecked the remaining Jews after Roman rule. The remaining Jews were foolish to try to oust their sacred prophet from an Arabian city. I mean...yeah, they both had same ideas, and they both ...more

The Islamic Caliphates still influence the world today, with the spread of Islam to Southeast Asia and Africa, medicines, beautiful works of architecture like the Taj Mahal, and the astrolabe. - ethanmeinster

The Islamic Caliphates made the Library of Wisdom and the KAABA! They did not make thew Taj Mahal, that was India. The Islamic Empire was better than any other empire of its time. It could take down both Europe and Asia combined.

It was non-compared to any european state

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2 Byzantine Empire

Economically and Militarily both strong, making it one of the most strongest Medieval Empires during its time. It has lost many provinces, territories during there defeat against the Islamic Caliphates, Mongols Hordes, Bulgarians, and other Kingdoms/Empires that try defeating the Empire. Till 1453 which the Empire's capital 'Constantinople' fell to the Ottomans, there Sultan 'Mehmed II' the Conqueror has destroyed the remaining Byzantium territory. - Wayne188

3 Song China
4 Mongols
5 Mali Mali

Stories that have been spread orally for hundreds of years tell of a leader named Mansa Musa. They say he was so rich (because of the salt-gold trade in West Africa) that he bankrupted the economy of Egypt fir many years because he spent so much gold there. The people of Mali also created the huge mud-brick mosques in Djenné, Gao, and Timbuktu. - ethanmeinster

6 England

Writing the Magna Carta, England played a big part in medieval society. The university of Oxford was founded at this time, and is still a standing institution today. They fended off many invaders, such as the Spanish Armada. - ethanmeinster

Writing the Magna Carta, England played a big part in medieval society. The university of Oxford was founded at this time, and is still a standing institution today. They fended off many invaders, such as the Spanish Armada. GG

Powerful naval and diplomatic force, last time invaded was 1000 years ago.

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7 Ancient Japan

Japan is a country that fended off the Mongol invasions for centuries. It developed a feudal society similar to Europe's, made up of daimyos, samurais, and shoguns. During the cultural flowering of Japan, haikus (you know, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) and Noh dramas, plays compared to the Classical Greek plays, were invented. They also invented two new forms of Buddhism. - ethanmeinster

8 Frankish Empire

One of the first medieval empires, the French defeated England in the Hundred Year War. They took part in the Age of Faith, inventing the Gothic style of cathedrals. Charlemagne and Clovis are two of the many great rulers of this empire. - ethanmeinster

The Frankish Empire brought Roman Catholicism into Central Europe and Charlemagne one of there great leaders leading the Frankish Empire, made the Empire into a successful Empire and became the first Holy Roman Emperor, thus creating the Holy Roman Empire. The Frankish Empire defeated numerous empires such as the Islamic Caliphates, the Byzantines and Gothic Kingdoms such as the Visigothic and Ostrogothic Kingdom. - Wayne188

9 Mayans
10 Holy Roman Empire

The best empire

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11 Khmer Empire

This civilization isn't known by most Americans, but they created some of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia and the world. The capital city of Angkor what was truly one of splendor. - ethanmeinster

The Khmer Empire was one of the most advanced and most powerful Empires during the whole Asian history, it was far better then the Tang Dynasty and has defeated other strong kingdoms like the Champa Kingdom, the Vietnamese and the Srivijayan Empire. - Wayne188

12 Ottoman Empire
13 Serbian Empire

no scott

14 Spain

Fighting the mighty Islamic caliphs, the Spanish rose as one of the world's largest empires, conquering the whole of Latin America, Peru, the Philippines, and more. - ethanmeinster

15 Inca Empire
16 Bulgarian Empire
17 Pandyan Empire
18 Zulu Kingdom
19 Silla Kingdom

The Silla Kingdom was the most powerful Korean kingdom. They had kings that ruled from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D. They were known for the spread of Buddhism to Japan, a powerful military that defended against kingdoms surrounding the Silla, and Cheomseongdae, the oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia, although some scholars debate it might've been used for astrology. - ethanmeinster

20 Persian Empire
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