A. P. World History Period 1 Fall of the Western Roman Empire In the third century A. D. Rome was facing some hardships. Historians have examined both internal conditions that have ended up to weakening the empire and the forces of the barbarians invasions have been explanations for the fall of the Romans Empire declined. Each document explains The Roman Empire conflicts in political and economical those were the main parts of the empires decline and failure. Each and every document shows and explains how the Western Roman Empire declined.
According to Document 1, this is an excerpt from a textbook, The Course of Civilization by Strayer, Gatzke, and Harbison. According to the authors, the basic problems that the Western Roman Empire people were facing were from the people that gave up devotion of the old civilization and didn’t believe that it was worth saving. Why should they care about their land if they weren’t allowed to take part in government, couldn’t form groups to protect themselves, and were even excluded from the army. The unemployed realized that their cities were slowly falling, but they didn’t bother to stop the decline; it had to happen.
The loss of the people led to the increased of government corruption, division of the empire, and internal power struggles were some political causes that led to the fall of Rome. According to Document 2, excerpt from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, there were two causes that led to the fall of Rome which was the great amount of land and the introduction of Christianity. The Empire grew too large, it became uneasy to control. It was inevitable for the fall to occur, no matter how much anyone tried.
Jesus’ introduction to Christianity also started a change and the clergy helped change the moral values of the society. It the military’s power was useless and it seemed as if it was thrown away. The rich’s wealth was taken away and given to charities. In Document 3, an excerpt from Uses of the Past by Herbert J. Muller, Muller’s explains the decline of the Roman Empire, as an economic issue. As the Empire grew stronger, so did the economy and when the Empire started to decline, businesses ceased and there was very little progress, so that also crashed along with the empire itself.
Slavery caused another problem to the Roman Empire; the slaves took the jobs of the farmers; bosses preferred slaves since they had very low wages; many of the farmers were left unemployed. Many of the farmers fled to the cities in for search for a better life, only to find themselves with unemployment, famine and with bad living conditions. In this case, poor farmers lost their job and land. While the rich landowners/slave owners got richer because they could pay less for hiring slaves instead of farmers. This is an example of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
Everything that the Romans have done in their empire led to the failure of their country since they did nothing in their ability to change it. The cause of the decline of the Roman Empire was Rome’s weakness in every way; politically and economical. During this time period Rome was facing hardships in their empire and led to the fall of the empire. Everything that the Romans have done and haven’t done led to their empires fall. Everything was falling slowly that they didn’t realize what the conclusion will be since at that moment they thought that it was the best but indeed it wasn’t at all.