Essay on The Cause of the Fall of the Roman Empire

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There are many different beliefs on how and why the Roman Empire ended. It was strong for a time. It was founded on geography, military strength, and wise leadership. Throughout Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa, the Roman Empire spread. There were multiple causes to the fall of Rome including economic reasons, political reasons, military reasons invasions and threats by both internal and external forces 476 a.d was the ending year for most of the Empire, but the Eastern Empire grew and contributed to society for another thousand years. Thee economic causes had a great impact on the Roman Empire crashing. Rome’s government was not very organized and Rome’s leaders had expensive lifestyles. Wars were occurring in the empire the …show more content…
Herbert Mueller states that when the Empire ceased to expand, however economic progress soon ceased (Document # six). If the empire continued to grow it is more than likely economic progress would not cease until the stop in growth. This concludes why the economy of Rome was a contribution in why the Empire fell. “Rome was not as clearly inevitable as most historians have implied” (Document # six). The Roman Empire failed due to more than the crisis of the economy it was also because of invasions and the military. The Roman military never had a problem fighting off “barbarians” only until “Series of mass invasions by wave after wave of German tribes entered Rome” (Document # one). Most of the land belonging to the Roman Empire was taken over by the Germans. They gradually conquered sections of the empire at a time. Was “the city which took captive the whole world been itself captured?” (Document # three). The document also states the Roman armies were defeated by the invaders because they could not organize to protect themselves from the overwhelming amounts of trespassers. “Romans could not serve in the army even if they desired too”. The whole army was now composed of Germans (Document # two). As the population began to thin out the Huns and the Visigoths from Germany were able to invade all the way to Rome and sack the city much easier. These are a few more reasons adding onto the failure of the Roman Empire. The

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