Collapse of the Western Roman Empire
The Roman Empire was on the whole, a peaceful and a well-organized empire, during the years of 27B.C through 180A.D. By 190 A.D the Roman Empire came crashing down, the economy began to stagnate. Too much money was being used to simply maintain the border and the unity of the emperor. The cities began to deteriorate and by the 3rd century, the emperor was being attacked from every direction both internally and externally. If The Roman Empire was such a powerful empire, then what led to the decline of the Roman Empire? The fall of the Western Roman Empire was caused by three of the many reasons: politics, economy and the military. Political problems Internally, the senate became extremely corrupt and political instability came into existence. Consuls and officials would offer positions in office for the people that could pay the money, therefor; some ineffective people got elected and the Plebeians suffered as a result. There was a lack of orderly succession in Rome. In fact, more than twenty men claimed the office of emperor during the period. The emperor Constantine divided the empire into two halves, he declared Constantinople the new capital of Roman society, and claimed to rule over all Eastern provinces. The Western Roman Empire lost its power over towns in the East, causing a great reduction in profits from the treasury and weakening them dramatically in warfare now their strength had been dwindled. [D4] “Part of the money went into the maintenance of the army and the vast bureaucracy required by a centralized Government. The expense led to taxation.” All this means that since the government was going down and the money was being wasted on the army, the plebeians were getting taxed, therefore; caused many economic problems. Economic problems Rome depended on its empire for funds; (farming practices and mining) it...
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