The Rise And Fall Of Empires

1852 WordsJul 25, 20158 Pages
What makes a great empire? In the history of mankind, there have been many empires that have been termed as “great”. But what made them great and how did they become great? Often times, the things that made them great can also be their downfall. There are countless empires that have risen and fallen-the Islamic Empire, the Mongolian Empire, the Chinese Empire, the Roman Empire, the Inca Empire, the Aztec Empire, the British Empire; the list goes on and on. Each of them had a distinct advantage that enabled them to defeat their enemies. In this essay, the factors of the rise and fall of empires will be examined. The first factor is technology. Technology determines the success of a nation or empire. The one with the superior technology often win with a few exceptions. One of the best examples of this is the subjugation of the African, Native American, South American, and Asian races by the Europeans. In every region of the world, the Europeans won because of their technology. In South America, two great empires, the Aztecs and Incas ruled. Both were extremely large and powerful. But both fell to relatively small groups of Spanish conquistadors. Their armies were no match for the firearms, the charging horses, or the steel swords. Such technology was unheard of in those areas. It became gun versus spear, horse versus foot, steel versus stone and wood. The fight was one sided and the two empires were destroyed by the Spanish. Similar happenings occurred in North America with
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