Explain the impact and changes in Europe as a result of the invasions of the Vikings, Mongols and Ottoman Turks.

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Explain the impact and changes in Europe as a result of the invasions of the Vikings?

While the Arabs from the south and the nomadic Hungarians from the east ransacked and tormented Europe, the Vikings produced the majority of the chaos, creating more and longer-lasting effects in Europe during their short existence as explorers and conquerors.
Some of the motivational factors that initiated the Viking invasions were: The death of Charlemagne, the consecutive weakening of the Frankish Empire and a Baltic Sea with a fragile and broken down trade. But one of the main factors for the actions of the Vikings was the growing population of young Vikings looking for settlement, adventure and wealth.
The Vikings were highly knowledgeable
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The taking of Belgrade in 1521 by “Suleiman the Magnificent” and the eviction of the Knights of St John were the final barriers for the Ottoman Empire for total dominance of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The effect of these actions created great fear around Europe, to the point that the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V ordered his brother Ferdinand to protect the lands of Austria, but he was not successful. The unstoppable march of the Ottoman Empire through Hungary also created great impact and instability in the region, specifically after the death of King Louis II of Hungary in 1526 which allowed the Ottoman Empire to move freely to Vienna within three years.
As a result of the Ottoman Empire conquest, the Balkan countries were completely separated from Europe during the Renaissance and the Humanism awakening. The effect of the empire were long lasting and they can be still seen in the modern time when it comes to the separation and the multiple issues that take place between Christians and the Islamic population.
In the Black sea region the empire influence was short but it affected culturally and economically when it comes to trading operations with nations that were not under the control of the Ottomans.
For continental Europe the Ottoman Empire was threat that created financial distress due to the amount of wealth invested on military resources in order to stop their movement in to nations like Poland,

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