In the centuries following the exit of the last Roman emperor, power gradually shifted north from Italy to Europe proper. Why was this? Italy had been a prime location for the growth and maintenance of the Romans for a very long time. Why, during the centuries after the fall of Rome, did the power shift to a different area? Was it a geographic reason? Economic? Something else?

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Indeed, after A.D. 476 (the fall of the Western Roman Empire) the power shifted north from Rome to what is now Germany and France. Italy and the city of Rome in particular were the center of political and economic power for a long time. However, Rome was overtaken and looted by Germanic tribes from the north of Europe (Vandals, Goths, Franks, and others). So the territory where those tribes were resettled, became the center of power during the centuries after the fall of Rome....
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