Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in International Business




Trivitt, Julie

Committee Member/Second Reader

Jensen, Molly


Between the fifth and eighth centuries AD, central Europe experienced large amounts of migration. Known as the Völkerwanderung, an estimated 750,000 people moved in bands of 10,000-20,0002 across Europe. As these bands moved across Europe, many established settlements on tribal or village systems. These new peoples created a hierarchy, setting themselves above those they defeated. Despite being socially marginalized, the original peoples remained technically free and retained full rights to their lands under the allodium system. The word allod is of Frankish origin and indicates property inherited along family lines. The right to allodial lands could not be revoked by lieges, providing the holder with inalienable rights. Allods formed the basis for “political and economic power” in families, and was supported with strong Landrecht (property rights).