The causes of Rome’s collapse were excessive military spending and urban decay, but the most damaging was economic inflation. Inflation caused Rome’s money to decease in value and therefore prices went up, thereby hurting many Romans. Rome existed between 400 B.C.E. and 400 C.E. and controlled most of Europe. It started by a republic but later had numerous emperors as a tyranny. Rome might have survived excessive military spending and urban decay but economic inflation was too much to handle because they couldn't afford to have the life style that they had before, which made people mad with the government because they were supposed to be in charge of the economy. A cause of Rome’s collapse was economic inflation. Rome stopped expanding and began losing money. The prices on goods went up as money became less valuable. Linda Black in Patterns of Interaction said, “The senate controlled foreign and financial policies.” This meant that the senate made some bad decisions that caused inflation. The U.S. has economic problems like Rome because prices on an object such as gasoline are increasing. A cause for Rome’s collapse was excessive military spending. People got paid to be in the army and the money going the army wasn’t going to housing and education. Rome expanded from 1 city to all of Europe. Linda Black in Patterns of Interaction said, “In times of crisis, the Republic also provided for a dictator, a leader who had absolute power to make laws and command the army.” My opinion is that this can happen to the U.S. too if it gets too carried away with the army.