The centralized government built great infrastructures and roads all throughout the empire. However, the Western Roman Empire started facing external problems that weakened their government. A major external problem was the invaders knocking on the Western Roman Empire’s borders. Many Germanic invaders settled on the empire’s border. However, the Romans didn’t like that.
However during the middle ages this all seemed to come crashing down, due to civil wars and peoples push for power over the entire Empire. During this time most of the reforms and finding in education seemed to have been lost or destroyed by leaders. By doing this the entire Roman Empire fell and was destroyed. It would take more time after this to relearn everything lost. The Roman Empire went from an elite civilization down into a bunch of warring people fighting for land.
The Mediterranean region had political transformations that changed cultures in the periods 200 c.e to 1000 c.e. Most of these cultural changes happened through the empire of Rome which was then created into the Byzantine Empire. One change that happened was the development of feudalism which caused local leaders and their retinues begin to form a warrior class distinct from the people of their territory. Second, Religious practices drastically changed during this period due to the new ruling of Constantine. Third, Germanic tribes with their barbaric invasions weakened the Roman Empire which led to disappearance of Roman ways.
The structures of the Roman government changed to deal with new situations. There are many factors that caused the3 Eastern Roman Empire to fall. The Roman Empires biggest problem with what happened to it was decadence. Everyone believes it was other problems that made the Empire fall. Most historians believe that the fall of the Roman Empire is because of decadence, army problems, and religion
Invasions hit both empires hard. For Rome, rebellions in the Eastern part of the empire started riots all over the entire civilization, which caused a great amount of mayhem and chaos. Also, Rome fell directly to Germanic invaders. In China however, nomadic tribes similar to the Huns had actually invaded the empire. Way before these invasions though, the weak central government of both empires started the declines of these empires.
The Native Americans started becoming less and less powerful towards the Europeans, there population was small to begin with and with the epidemics diseases and the land and food shortages, they were almost wiped out of there population. The surviving Natives either converted to Christianity and joined puritan communities, to alcoholism, would sell most of there land to the Europeans and drove others to war. The Native Americans was in much struggle not just against the European empires but also between the new European immigrants. The Europeans had quickly established there dominance, displacing natives until they had created societies that were dominated entirely by the Europeans. As the Natives did not know about 'nations' the Europeans had came from a world where 'Formal institution and military power of a nation or empire governed the relationship between societies'.
The downward spiral began with the degeneration of the army that weaken the defenses and made them more vulnerable to Germanic invasions. These invasions led to economic disruptions which combined with other deteriorating conditions led the Roman’s to look increasingly to mystery cults and reject the rational thought of the Greeks. The presentation points out that as economic disruptions continued to deteriorate Rome’s fate was sealed. The date that is assigned to the final demise of the Roman Empire is A.D. 476 when a Germanic emperor was placed on the throne. The presentation reminds us that only the western part of the empire fell.
My personal opinion is that Rome collapsed because of all the factors mentioned in this paper (and many more that I didn’t list). Some factors played larger roles than others but I think Rome’s collapse was due many, many variables. No matter how great a civilization or empire is, I think it’s inevitable that eventually, it will fall. How long it will take to fall what is unknown. I believe, unfortunately, the USA will one day crumble.
The Roman Empire lasted from 625bc to 476ce. Between 100C.E. and 600c.e the roman empire endured many changes both politically, such as the division of the empire into eastern and western halves, and culturally, such as the rise of Christianity, however, despite the changes, the Roman Empire was able to keep its laws the same through the Byzantine Empire. At the beginning of the 3rd century the Roman Empire split into two halves. Rome was in the prime of the Pax Romana, however the nation had extreme economic issues and was having internal and external battles.
With this it decreased taxes collected and kept them from being able pay troops. The weak economy was the catalyst for the fall of the Western Roman Empire. If the Roman leaders had not been so power hungry and cause civil wars, brining chaos to the Roman government, then perhaps they could have been prepared for the German tribes that were coming in to capture Rome. It is apparent, through all of the problems that came to the late Roman Empire, the Roman treasury by barbarian tribes, discontinuing of trade between the east and west that the leaders of Rome following the Pax Romana were not paying adequate attention to the state of the empire. If they had been ruling sufficiently, then most of these problems that Rome faced could and would have been avoided, and the empire would have restored