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The Causes And Fall Of The Han And The Roman Empire

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Throughout history, there were various empires which developed into great, powerful forces. These empires expanded their lands to new places but, these empires ultimately came to an end. Amongst these great empires, were the Han and the Roman empire. Both were great in power but, due to political, social, and economic causes, they came to an end. Although they do partake in the equal shares of corruption and problems with the military, they also had fair shares of differences, regarding their declines. For example, the Han empire had decentralization and rebellion while Rome had shifted in interests and developed war issues. These differences and similarities are bits of history which help to comprehend why these empires are no longer…show more content…
But, they were incapable of doing this so, they ended up getting murdered so that the eunuch power and influence could remain in the empire (Zhi). But, besides corruption and military issues, there was also the problem of high taxes. In the Roman empire “heavier and heavier taxes were required to support the vast government bureaucracy and huge military establishment” (Ellis and Ester, 151) while the Han empire was “burdened by heavy taxes and crushing debt” (Ellis and Ester, 96). This problem led to the downfall because high taxes increased the chances of rebellion, which actually occurred in the Han empire. The corruption, military issues and taxes were both major aspects which contributed to the downfalls of the empires and they did so, by causing uncertainty in power an unstable support system, and increasing chances of rebellion.
Besides these similarities, the two empires also had several differences in terms of what had contributed to their downfalls. For one, the Han Dynasty had decentralization transpire and a rebellion. The Han Dynasty had decentralization occur because the power shifted from the central government to warlords which befell after a reform had taken over the empire. “After the reform, governors were granted executive authority over the province, Therefore, the governors not only had power over the civil decisions of the province, but they also became the military leaders” (Zhi). The
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