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Question What caused the fall of the Western Roman Empire There were many reasons for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire Each document in this essay explains a different reason Some causes were political economic social and military differences and problems Basically the problem was that the gap between the rich aristocrats and the poor serfs got bigger and bigger the rich got richer as the poor got poorer Also when something grows it always falls back down In Document 1 an excerpt from a book was taken out According to the authors the basic problems facing the Western Roman Empire came from the people that gave up devotion to the old civilization and didnt believe that it was worth saving Why should they care about their land if they werent allowed to take part in government say they couldnt form groups to protect themselves and were even excluded from their own army The practically jobless people realized that their cities were slowly falling but no one bothered to stop their decline it was something that had to happen The loss of popular support to the oppressive government increased government corruption division of the empire and internal power struggles were some political causes that led to the fall of Rome In Document 2 two causes for the fall of Rome were the large size and the introduction to Christianity Because the Empire grew too large it became uneasy to control It was inevitable for the fall to occur no matter how much anyone tried Jesus introduction to Christianity also started a change The clergy priests helped change the moral values of society It no longer mattered much and military power was buried or thrown away The richs wealth was taken away and given to charity poor In Document 3 the Mullers explanation for the decline was an economic issue As the Empire grew stronger so did economy When
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