Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall of Rome: Social 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 social reasons for the Fall of the Roman Empire.

-Rich controlled 90% of the wealth.
-Middle class shrunk to virtual non-existence.
-Huge uneducated poor class felt little support for the state.
-Poor class reduced to surviving on public welfare.
-Imperial Military and Civil Service became the number one employers

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