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  1. The Battle of Catalaunian Fields was the event that decided the fate of Europe.
  2. Prelude to the Battle
    1. Background on the Barbarian groups that participated in the Battle.
    2. Background on Roman trouble with barbarians
  3. The Battle of Catalaunian Fields.
  4. Results of the Battle
    1. Follow up on the Barbarian groups that participated and the establishment of kingdoms until 7th century.
    2. How the outcome of the battle affected the Roman Empire.
  5. Conclusion

The Battle of Catalaunian Fields was the climax of the Hun invasion of the empire. It was this event that decided the fate of Europe because it was this battle which chose groups would to settle. If the Hun army had won European history would be drastically changed. Europe today would be totally different. As the Roman Empire declined the Barbarians that surrounded the empire's perimeter became more daring and bold. With the arrival of the Huns out of the East, the barbarians became the main concern of the empire. The Huns drove ahead and disrupted many tribes which had begun to settle outside the empire. Most of these tribes were driven right into the empire.

[...] It is speculated that Attila learned of the East Empires plan to attack his territories. Attila planned a campaign to attack the East Empire but he did not have the chance. After celebrating with a new wife he drowned in his own blood from a nose bleed, drunk in his tent in 453 AD(Newark,60). The greatest leader of the Huns, the most feared man in history, was dead. If that wasn't bad enough a plague broke out in the Hun army. [...]


[...] "It was said that the ghosts of the slain continued the battle through the night"(Newark,57). The next morning both sides woke to the heaps of the slain strewn across the once peaceful plains of Troyes. The total dead ranged from 165,000 to 200,000 total casualties over 300,000. Infection and disease would claim many on both sides since most wounds were left untreated to fester. Undeterred by the carnage the Visigoths still hungered for the revenge of their king. They demanded to finish off the Huns. [...]


[...] The Battle of Catalaunian Fields took place in the Troyes region of Gaul, in June of 451 AD.(Newark,52). The Romans were led by General Aetius. "The Roman Army consisted of thirty Roman Legions and 10 legions of Roman Cavalry and Mounted Archers, an enormous army of 200,000 men. Allied with the Romans with an army of nearly equal size was Theodoric I of the Visigoths with a little more than 200,000 men. The Franks contributed about 45,000 and the Alans 32,000"(Durant,40-41). [...]

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