Fall of the Western Roman Empire
By: Linus Kollie
Period: 7R 3/5/13
The fall of the Western Roman Empire was due to excess corruption, the role of shifts in power, increased technology beyond its borders, economic problems such as trade, dependents on slavery, and less on the part of roman farmers. Germanic invasions also caused the fall. This made the fall of such a large cumbersome empire inevitable. Enemies always described Rome as a bridge that was once not passable. It was the America of ancient times and controlled almost all of the world’s trade, economy, and its army could back up any foreign thread that the enemy force concocted. Rome’s political atmosphere was based upon a monarchy and then reduced to a dictatorship. This caused numerous fights for power and control of the army, and made such a world power which fought just about any country that it threated. This led to reoccurring civil wars, followed by a corrupted senate and an army on the brink of declaring war against its own country. Roman succession usually occurred when a leader was assassinated, killed in battled or captured by the tyrant that wanted its new power and could appeal to roman citizen where the current leader couldn’t. The government also had problems establishing control over newly won territory. For example, the Persians who also gained territory would allow the captured to continue life by just obeying the Persian leader and claiming the allegiance to Persia. Rome’s main problem was being a more friendly and peaceful empire. However, changing something that Romans had become accustomed to for so many years was difficult.
For all of the glory and grandeur of Ancient Rome, the Roman economy never developed into anything terribly complex compared to modern economies. Ancient Rome was an agrarian and slave based economy whose main concern was feeding the vast number of citizens and legionaries who populated the Mediterranean region. Agriculture and trade dominated Roman...
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