The Fall of Rome: An Analysis

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The Fall of Rome: An Analysis
This historical study will analyze the fall of Rome due to the economic pressures placed on a city that could not longer sustain such massive landholdings across such vast cultural domains. While the Romans were able to afford massive military campaigns against their neighbors (whether near or distant), the cost of maintaining the empire through taxation and governmental polices was problematic due to a highly corrupt and centralized government dominated by the military. Also, the nationalistic diversity of the empire dissolved Rome as a pagan cultural center, forcing the dissolution of Roman identity through the passivity of Christian values. In essence, the fall of Rome is directly related to its over...
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.....publican ideology to separate and administer authority to its provinces, the linearity of government promoted a lackadaisical Christian governing ideology that limited funding and an aggressive means in which to control its territories. This is why Rome fell as a city due to the internal and external problems of national identity (as Christian) and a lack of aggressive republican leadership that overburdened the city with heavy taxation and political corruption.
Works Cited
Bauer, Susan Wise. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007.
Heather, Peter. The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.