It had a decline because their emperor died, the economy fell and Germanic tribes invaded Rome. The Roman Empire declined from Economic and Military reasons. It declined because it ended the Pax Romana period with the death of Marcus Aurelius in 152 AD, who was the emperor that made the Roman Empire reach its peak, which began violence. Aurelius’s son, Commodus, bankrupted treasury in 192 AD and over the next century, Romans began to fight each other. The economy went down because of the rising prices.
The government could not control all these invasions, so this was another component that helped the fall of the Roman Empire. Document 5 shows bias because it blames the fall of the civilization on internal decay. This is significant because if a very well organized government that had been able to keep order throughout such a large empire could no longer do it, then this meant nobody else could. All of these political
Also, many experts say that it fell because of the lack of heart the people had to the Empire, the rise of Christianity, it was too immense to govern and protect, the decline of the economy and jobs, the army being made up of mostly foreigners, and outside invaders. Thus, one can say that the Empire collapsed more internally than externally. The first reason why the Western Roman Empire fell was because the people that lived in it had a lack of heart in the Empire. People didn’t believe the Empire was worth saving anymore. As Strayer, Gatzke, and Harbison state in their textbook The Course of Civilization states “The basic trouble was that very few inhabitants of the empire believed that the old civilization was worth saving… the overwhelming majority of the population had been systematically excluded from political responsibilities.
John majors government came into office after the downfall of Margret Thatcher, which ultimately created divisions within the party. Not only did the party suffer from the internal conflict but also faced the problems of the recession after the ‘Lawson boom’. In order to stabilise the economy he joined the ERM getting a good deal but ultimately resulting in ‘black Wednesday’ causing Major to raise interest rates to 15%. This was political suicide and he soon lost the support of the press we had once relied so much on to get re-elected in 1992. The housing market also plummeted leading to negative equity, which the majority of the working class could not afford resulting in the repossession of their houses combined with the drastic increase in unemployment Britain was in a mess.
The causes for the fall of Rome can be divided into four categories: political, military, economic and social. Using the information you have read, identify one cause in each category and explain how it contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire. Military: Around the 4th century AD, the Roman military had become significantly feebler, mostly to the barbarians who had been attempting to breach Rome's borders for years. Soon, the barbarians began to gain access to the Western Empire on an even larger scale then before, first as minor groups of settlers and soldiers, but ultimately as entire tribes. They sensed military flaws and began to found small kingdoms, like Gaul, Spain.
Importing and exporting goods and supplies was banned quickly once people realized the pestilence was spread by these trade men. Since there was nowhere to get supplies from, cities had to provide for themselves. With the scarce amount of goods on hand, and the high demand for them, prices skyrocketed. Most of the workers were dead; those who weren’t, charged up to five times what they had before the plague. As the workers’ wages outpaced the prices of goods, the workers began to become rich and skilled in what they did.
The failure of the Weimar Republic to fix the increasingly pressing problems of Germany consequently contributed massively to their downfall, as it demonstrated their weakness. By the early 1930s the German people were resentful of their government because of the economic issues caused by the Great Depression and Wall Street Crash. For example industrial production in 1930 had dropped by 13% of what it was in 1928, and by 1932 it had dropped by 42%. This combined with the fact many Germans still had the effects of the economic problems of the early 1920s fresh in their minds caused declining support for moderate parties and therefore the Republic. This can evidently be seen from the election results as in 1928 the SPD had 29.8% of the vote and by 1932 this had dropped to 20.4%.
History has shown that Rome fell because of the Roman army, foreign invasions, and disasters and diseases. One of the primary reasons for the fall of Rome was the Roman army. “Because of negligence and laziness”, they stopped having training drills, and they also got rid of their armour piece by piece. Since the soldiers rarely wore armour, breastplates and helmets began to seem heavy. This made the Romans prone to injuries and “because they have no armor, think about running and not fighting” (Document B).
The first crusade by Western European feudal patrician knights had established the short-time kingdom, Jerusalem, which only lasted for eighty-eight years, but the Crusades brought severe disaster to the Mediterranean countries' people including Jews, Eastern Christians and Muslims. Several major military activities caused hundreds of thousands of the crusaders' death that was a great loss for the Western Europe people. Nevertheless, the Vatican and feudal lord had made a lot of wealth, which made the eastern Islamic world and the western Christian world mutually opposite more serious. On the other hand, Europe fell in the dark ages due to the destruction of the western Roman Empire. The Crusades brought back a lot of Oriental progressive civilization, which caused a lot of serfs to remove the relations of dependence, becoming freemen.
Once the romans stopped conquering new lands the flow of gold decreased but however they continued to pay gold for luxury items this meant that there was less gold to use in coins. Throughout the 3rd century, the Roman Empire had weakened - both militarily and economically. Germanic and other invaders regularly crossed its borders and threatened its security. It was Diocletian who first divided the empire in 285. This was done to provide better protection of its borders and to provide economic stability.