Thursday, July 9

Tag: Ottoman Empire

THE INEVITABLE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF EMPIRES
Study of Societies

THE INEVITABLE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF EMPIRES

Strangely, it was the Roman citizens who breathed the biggest sigh of relief when the declining Roman Empire (27 BC – 1453 AD) finally collapsed. Perhaps this is true for most empires. The burden of an aging empire is painful for those unfortunates who have to endure it; they wish that it be gone quietly. When an empire is crumbling and they usually do so from within first, the ruling elite becomes more corrupt, demand more taxes from the poor and fresh blood for more wars. The famous historian Edward Gibbon in his book “History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire” has identified four main reasons that contributed to the collapse of the Roman Empire. 1. The empire became too big and costly 2. The Roman elite were plundering the wealth 3. Roman barbarians were attacking and exp...