|The Collapse Of the Classical Empires
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An essay I wrote last year for my AP world history classs comparing and contrasting the collapse of Rome and China.Rated: Fiction K - English - Words: 546 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 04-05-10 - Status: Complete - id: 2793360
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The Collapse OfThe Classical Empires
Written By Rachel The Philosophical
The state of Warfare, the state of Chaos, and the unstable quality was what much of collapsing empires experienced in classical times. The trade route also
known as the silk Road was successful. It worked very well until diseases started circulating. As foreign diseases does not work well in foreign places
there were major problems. The Roman and Chinese empire collapses were very similar while being very different. They were both caused by diseases and disorder.
While the Romans tried to keep together even after the collapse of their kingdom, the Chinese immediately broke up in to smaller regions. The effects of
all this, was essentially chaos, which led to invasions, and introduction of new ideas. However, there effects were different as Romans kept their religion
strong, so their major problem was proportioning blame, while the Chinese had no problem with proportioning blame, but had a major religious reformation.
The collapse of both the Roman and Chinese empires were caused by diseases, and disorder. While Rome struggled to stay together, the Chinese fell apart
right away. The diseases first came in to Rome and China by the Silk Road, but even before that both empires had internal problems. Rome hosted two religions
which didn't get along, because they both had different sets of belief systems, which conflicted with each other. China was then ruled by Wang Mang who
tried to distribute land to everyone. He cut up the rich citizens' land. That also caused much chaos. As the problem of diseases mixed into both of the
societies difficulties, the kingdoms collapsed and the people were left to rule themselves. That usually doesn't work, and it certainly didn't work for
either society. China just split up in to different regions, and Rome struggled to stay together. It was split up more slowly, but they attempted to maintain
a united society. China made no such attemps however.
The effect to the causes of the collapse of both the Chinese and Roman empire is invasion, and introduction of new concepts. While both dealt with invasions
the Romans also had to deal with proportioning blame. China didn't have any problems with proportioning blame, but they had a religious reform. Romans,
however, were still either strong Christian believers or practiced the worshiping of many Gods. After the fall of both empires, it was rather chaotic,
so the neighboring country sought to take over. The germanic people invaded Rome, and took over the Governing. They were split into many regions, and they
were influenced much by traditions. The belief systems stayed strong, however culture society, and language varied. The germanic people learnt to follow
the proper Roman traditions, culture, customs, and other things, so to blend in. China had much of the same sort of invasion occur to them. The nomadic
people who invaded did the same thing. They invaded China, and brought in a new religion. Buddhism was not doing very well in China, but as the nomadics
came in they brought that in. Much of the Chinese observed people practicing it, and many converted. China adopted Buddhism and there was a large reform.
The nomads also blended in with the culture, and learnt the Chinese ways.