Tonight for your homework, you need to carefully read and annotate the article “The Decline and Fall of Empires.” Once you’ve finished reading the article, please respond to the following discussion points:
- Of the nine suggested causes of imperial decline, which do you think would have the most immediate consequences? Which of the nine causes would have more gradual consequences? Can you provide any historical examples– different from those already included in the article– which illustrate these points?
- What do you think of the author’s suggestion that “otherworldly or escapist religions” can be a cause of imperial collapse? Why might this be? Do you agree with this assessment?
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