World Empires

Topics: Qin Shi Huang, Roman Empire, China Pages: 4 (1554 words) Published: February 25, 2013
World Empires
Throughout human history we have seen the rise and fall of many great cities and empires, through archeological records and remains of cites. Mostly all of the empires that we have record has impacted and influence our world today. The most noticeable empires that have the greatest influence on today’s world are the early great empires of the Hittites and Assyrians and the later empires of the Romans and Chinese in the 2nd half of the first millennium. However both the early and later empires differ in how they got power and established themselves in the world. Some factors that contributed to the rise of the Roman and Chinese empires were the political structure and military conquest.

Between 200 B.C.E. – 200 C.E. The Roman Empire ruled with an iron fist controlling mostly and if not all of the Mediterranean. This was due to two main factors, these are it military power and the political system it was able to develop. However most of the Romans accomplishment didn’t happen as an empire, but a republic. While as a republic, Romans created a political system that heavily influenced many to move to the Rome. In the article Ways of the World by Robert W. Strayer he states that the political system created “a written code of law offered plebeians (the poor class) some protection from abuse” from the upper or elite classes. Also this provided a better “system of public assemblies [that] provided an opportunity for lower classes to shape public policy and a new office of tribune” that would represent them in these assemblies. This was a huge part of Rome popularity and its growing number. This was the first time were the poorer classes had any kind of support from a political system. The Romans had get deal of pride with their newly developed system that benefited everyone. They also believed that the political system gave them a “greater freedom than did many of their more autocratic neighbors.” With its new comprehensive written law this pushed...
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