Ever since the beginning of time, nations have risen to become glorious empires and then are reduced back to their humble state. These countries have had the pride of dominating and influencing many varied civilizations yet their pride soon was reduced to woe as they lost hold on their supremacy. Yet between these prominent nations ' peak of power and their tragic downfalls, therein lies several reasons for their inevitable collapse. And considering that history tends to repeat itself in many forms, these distressing reasons for ruin can be found throughout two of the greatest empires in history, Persia and Rome. Although there are certainly major differences between the Roman and the Persian empires, their declines are both results of weak and corrupt rulers, issues dealing with the economy, loss of scientific advancements, and military complications.
Between 200 and 1200 the Mauryan and Byzantine empires both had political leaders and noble classes that expanded empires and spread their religions. The Mauryans developed an elaborate bureaucracy that collected taxes from farming and had networks of people to spy on its own people and enforce obedience. Unlike the Mauryans, the Byzantines created a system of feudalism and used Eastern Orthodoxy to legitimize the rulership of an emperor. A large imperial army consisting of war elephants and cavalry secured power for the Mauryans, while military effectiveness led to the rise of the Carolingian empire and Vikings helped with spread of trade.
The Turkish dynasty rulers established the Ottoman Empire through a series of conquest that took place in the early 14th and late 16th centuries. The Ottoman Empire was made up of a monarchy government, which lost touch with people after some time. History shows that when a leader of a monarchy government dies, a power vacuum and political turmoil occurs. One of the major challenges that faced the Ottoman Empire was weak leadership and social constructions. The leaders were supported by a bureaucracy and advised by the vizier.
The main themes of Before European Hegemony revolve around the many aspects of trade, disastrous events, and the many pivotal events and advancements which changed the course of the many rival nations within the era preceding total European dominance. Before European hegemony is a very thorough book, providing insights into the inner workings of several empires in the thirteenth century. The theme of missteps and misfortune among these earlier nations enables Abu-Lughod’s idea of European dominance with the thirteenth century to be solidified and supplemented with validity, with Abu-Lughod providing a flowing narrative of historical events which permitted Europe to take its place as . Abu-Lughod investigations and observations into the economics
In 1025, the death of Basil II marks the date that Byzantium began to decline. For the next 59 years, the empire would be misgoverned by thirteen inept emperors that would bring the once overwhelmingly rich and powerful state to the verge of collapse. The following years the emperors spent lavishly on buildings, churches and largesse, draining the imperial treasury. Adding to the financial crisis, the emperor Romanus VII was under the burden of wealthy landlord’s to relieve them from the pressure of taxation. He abandoned Basil II policy requiring the rich to pay the unpaid taxes of the poor.
With the passing away of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707 and the culmination of the might of the Mughal Empire, the Muslims of South Asia faced serious threats to their existence. There was infighting between Mughal princes for the throne, Aurangzeb had spent much of the treasury fighting the Marathas in the South, to no avail; and the Sikhs had risen in Punjab to pose a serious threat to Mughal rule. The division of the court itself created serious problems for the Muslims. Hardly had any ruler settled onto the throne that wars for succession broke out between brothers.
The Fall of the Roman Empire The Roman Empire fell in 476 C.E ,no one knows the exact reason why rome fell but there are some ideas. There are many reasons why Rome fell, here are 3 things that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire fell because of disasters and diseases, military weaknesses, and weak leadership. To start off, disasters and diseases contributed to the fall of Rome because they cause many deaths and may destroy the cities, leaving Rome vulnerable to attacks and making the government pay for the damages. According to Document F written by Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline of the Roman Empire, “The resulting diseases decimated the population.
Introduction The harem is perhaps one of the most well known trappings of imperial power in the Near East, with its Western connotation arising largely from the Ottoman Empire. The concept of the harem deals with gender segregation and royal power, drawing from an archaeological and textual record that often leaves the investigating party wanting for more evidence. Several structures within Mesopotamian palaces of the first millennium BCE have long been identified as harems, specifically—and by name—the southeastern sector of the palace at Persepolis. This notion has been challenged by some scholars as flawed or entirely inaccurate for a myriad of reasons.
The rich leaders of this country are blinded by money and power, whereas The common people who struggle, can see clearly. This is shown in literature such as The biography of Frederick Douglas. Frederick Douglas along with the other slaves wanted to be left alone and left at peace but the powerful owners were peace less and hard on the slaves. A motto that I created to describe this is "the peaceful are powerless, because the powerful are peace less".
Alex Edwards Block 7 4/4/15 Mongols A group of nomadic tribes in the Mongolian steppes become a strong barbaric power under the unification of one powerful leader. This group lead the conquests to create the largest land empire. The empire split into four Khanates permanently forging the modern political environment of today. The vast size doomed it to fragmentation.
The Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire. The Han dynasty Empire and the Roman empire stood large and mighty at the start of the Common Era, with the two kingdoms controlling an unprecedented mass amount of populations under their reign. Both kingdoms rose as predecessors from previous political systems that extended lands under one rule, with the Roman Republic expansion in Europe after the Punic wars and the Qin state achieving conquest over six other nearby states creating the first imperial China in east Asia. The heavy hand of the Qin dynasty and the assassination of Rome’s beloved general, Julius Caesar, by the Roman senate, threw both kingdoms into rebellion, ushering in centuries of imperialistic rule for both in their respective timelines.
I have gained exponentially more knowledge from the De Lacey family than I have from my creator. I was left to assimilate myself into this strange and unforgiving world on my own, and it is because of that I am left without a proper moral compass. I have observed this family with great attention to detail, and have developed my own emotions as well as language from them. Each day I grow more aware of my isolation and lonely existence, yet I remain entirely alone. I cherish the sheer extent of knowledge this family has given me, but I find myself in the midst of an identity crisis because of it.