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Throughout all of western civilization cultural economic political and social forces have had the most influence on history These forces easily outweigh what a single person could do in their lifetime It is true that many times a single person has lead these forces but it was the force itself that influenced the times not the will of the person The rise and fall of the Rome was a major force in history The Roman Empire was a mighty kingdom that incorporated many different cultures and peoples It brought together groups of people who never even knew of each other prior to it It allowed ideas beliefs and ways of life to diffuse to many different people It had a lasting influence even on civilizations today In no way could a single person organization such an event A single person could not bring together all these different cultures and peoples and unite them under one rule Even after Rome fell many of its traits were adopted by other civilizations Roman architecture for example influenced architecture of the middle ages and it also can be seen today in government buildings The Roman Empire also left behind was the law of the great jurist This law became incorporated with the Code of Justinian which has influenced the American legal system Even the formation and organization of the Catholic Church was taken from the structure of the Roman Empire Finally and probably the most important of the Roman contributions to the future was the diffusion of the Greek civilization to Western Europe This helped to counterweight the effects of Greek ideals already being incorporated into Eastern Europe All in all the Roman Empire shows how it takes a large powerful force to make lasting changes to history Another powerful force that forever changed history was The Hundred Years War This war raged between England and France from the year 1337 to 1453 Even though it is called
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