Comparative Essay Examples

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The methods of political control used by the Han and Imperial Roman Empires were different, as in the degree of citizen participation in government because of how each empire utilized it to control the people. However, the use of theologies to justify rule was a similar method used by the two empires because it allowed leaders to win over the people in more ways than one. In addition, the use of militaries to control the population and outlying territories was a similar method because the empires were so vast and diverse that force was needed to control people.
The Romans and the Han had different views on government and who should participate in it. The Romans allowed a Senate to be elected, although only certain people could
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In India, seperate smaller monarchies would constantly battle until unified under the Mauryan Empire. But, after the Mauryans fell, India became fragmented again, thus re-emphasizing the need for an emperor. In both places, they fought and bickered in and amongst themselves until the ruler came around to unify them. The single ruler figured as a method of political control in both empires because the emperor made most of the decisions about the law, about taxation, and various other political aspects of the region. In other words, this one strong political figure ran the country mostly on his own. Both empires had similar provincial administration due to the vast territory of both empires. News from Rome or Pataliputra would take at least days. Each empire had far reaching territories such as Egypt and Cappadocia in Rome, and Punjab and Bengal in Gupta, could me up to 1,000 miles away from the capital. The began to use this provincial administration to keep this under control because of the slow time it would take to ride 1,000 miles out to Cappadocia to deliver news from the emperor. Also, in both empires high-ranking officials or friends of the emperor would serve as a sort of “governor”. They would be a mini-emperor for a specific region of the empire and report to the ruler what he needed. Different, though, was the control of religion in the two empires, because they had different views on religion as a tool

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