The Fall Of The Roman Empire

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For a long period of time, the debate about the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire has been a popular topic amongst historians. Most of these historians look at the issue from a standpoint that accepts that there were most likely several causes. The main root of the issue is whether or not these causes were internal or external. Some historians even go more in depth and try to hypothesize what the internal or external causes were. In fact, Adrian Goldsworthy and Peter Heather do just this when they take opposing views on what actually caused the extremely powerful civilization of Rome to ultimately decline and fail. Adrian Goldsworthy takes the point of view that the decline and defeat of the Roman Empire was more heavily impacted by internal factors. He first begins by explaining that outside forces were very unlikely to have been the root cause of the fall, because of the fact that there is little to no evidence to back up the idea that their enemies had grown any stronger near the end of the civilization. This, coupled with the fact that Rome had suffered defeats before and survived them without issue, is what Goldsworthy uses to justify his rejection of external groups being the cause of the fall. Much of Goldsworthy’s analysis and reasoning was based around the government and how it operated; specifically, he focused on the emperor. He discusses that conflict became more common, and as a result, the emperors in power became more focused on ensuring their own

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