Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Fall of Rome: Political Reasons

The collapse of Rome was due to many varied reasons. It is important to remember that the collapse was not quick but rather was gradual at first and slowly gained speed as the years and centuries passed. There are so many causes that few historians agree as to which were the most important. These are some of the major political reasons for the Fall of the Roman Empire.

-Split the Empire into Eastern & Western Roman Empires.
-Defensive/isolationist mentality.
-No peaceful way to replace emperors.
- Citizens became more concerned about their life style and luxuries than involved in the workings of their government.
-Massive bureaucracy/government.
-Failed to complete the conquest of Germany in 9 C.E. and 181 C.E.