Fall Of Rome Compare And Contrast

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Compare and Contrast Paper of the Fall of Rome
By Dominic Jones

So, did Rome fall or was it pushed? What caused the collapse of Rome? I’m going to give you four reasons to why I think Rome fell.

One reason, a major one, that I think Rome fell is because of the Barbarian Invasions to the Western side. Rome western collapse was due to its high military losses to thee foreign tribes. Rome had fought with Germanic tribes for many centuries, but by the 300’s barbarian groups like the Goths had moved beyond Rome’s borders. The Romans weathered a Germanic uproar in the late 4th century, but in 410 AD the Visigoth King, Alaric, successfully sacked the city of Rome. The empire spent the next decades with constant threats before “The Eternal city”
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Even as Rome was under heavy siege from foreign forces, it was crumbling from within do to a severe financial crisis. Frequent wars and overspending had had significantly lightened imperial coffers, and oppressive taxation and inflation had stretched the gap between the rich and the poor. In hope of avoiding a taxman, many members of the wealthy classes had even fled to the countryside and set to set up independent fiefdoms. Also, the empire was rocked by a labor deficit. Rome’s economy depended solely on slaves to till the fields and work as craftsman, and its military might had traditionally provided a fresh group of conquered people to put to work. However, when expansion ground to a halt in the 2nd century, Rome’s supply of slaves and other war treasures began to wither away. A bigger blow came in the 5th century, when the Vandals claimed North Africa and began disconnecting the empire’s trade by prowling around the Mediterranean as pirates. So, with Rome’s economy crumbling and its commercial and agricultural production declining, the empire began to lose its vice grip hold over …show more content…
Just like Rome, our economy is struggling. However, the last year with Donald Trump has raised things higher. Also, just like Rome we are constantly under civil wars within the country and with outside forces such as Middle Eastern terrorists. Another, similarity is that like the Romans the U.S right now, the government has super high taxes which is separating the rich and the poor, and is making the people less united with the government. Last similarity is that the people are growing unhappy with the government which is making the country not united, and that is just what Rome’s government did to their people. Those are just some of many similarities between the U.S and the Roman

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