C/C Fall of Rome and Han China

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Western Roman Empire & Han Dynasty in China Throughout the period of the collapses of both the Western Roman Empire and China during the Han Dynasty had similar and different internal and external factors that influenced their falls including disease and terrible leadership internally, and external invasions by semi- nomadic groups. Insofar, what mainly triggered the fall of the Western Roman Empire were several invasions by the Goths, Vandals, and Huns, which differed from the main cause of Han China’s fall which was of internal power struggles and several rebellions. Furthermore, the fall of Rome was similar to that of Han China because it was provoked by a series of events, not just one. Since Rome and China were so large they can take advantage of the fertile soil and deliver to all parts of the empire. This diffusion of goods throughout an empire also spread diseases. If one part of the empire had plague, then the whole empire would eventually get the plague. Moreover, plague also decreased the population of both Rome, and Han China, which led to a disadvantage. This primarily, led to a lack of security because the population would decrease and less of the population would be enrolled in the army because they are sick. Under these precarious conditions, the empires borders were left less guarded. Another similar internal factor was the corruption in both Rome and Han China. The government in Rome was an Emperor and a senate which was like a dictator and a law making body. Many of the emperors of Rome like Marcus Aurielius who spent more money than he had for military campaigns. The Han had very similar political corruption with the Han Dynasty.A further similarity between the fall of the Romans and the Chinese was externally. Both were invaded by outsiders, the Romans were invaded by the Goths, Vandals, and Huns, and the Chinese were invaded by the Xiognu. The
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