Compare And Contrast The Fall Of Rome And India

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The Classical Era (500 BCE- 500 CE) saw the fall of Rome and India in which had a similarity in their falls. First comparison that they had was economics, Rome fell because of tax revolts from the upper class, and India fell because there was so little military defense, so the only solution left was to tax the people more in order to gain money for the military. From the increase of taxes it made it harder for the lower class like the peasants, for them to pay the officials. In addition of the two empires fall would be because of the division of land. With the expansions of land the Gupta empire began having trouble. Because of the power and wealth, the rulers became lazy meaning they didn't provide the civilian needs but only themselves, which created in angry civilians and unsatisfied people. Being lazy created invasions by the Huns which then created the kingdoms to split and also made the civilians angry. With the invasions of the Huns, the kingdoms eventually lost supplies and men, which then created the Huns to basically win but later India regained their …show more content…
The Roman empire has been very broad in which the government could not take care of each and every land so Rome was split into Eastern,Western and Southern Rome. In which each had small provinces that was governed by the higher class. Because of the expansion and the division of the lands it made it economically hard for the Roman empire, in the western part of the empire one of the reasons was because of how agriculture was decreasing which meant higher prices. And it also means harder ways of getting trades from other countries. So Rome was economically beginning to fall. From that there was invasions by the Huns which made the country weaker in terms of trade and economics. The empire was just really unstable after the invasions. In India it first started because of the Mauryan dynasty, throughout

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