Lifecycle of an Empire


Lifecycle of an Empire
Amy Gibson
Grand Canyon University
World History before 1500
Dr. Raymond Copp
September 27, 2009

Lifecycle of an Empire
This paper will answer the question: Does an Empire have a natural lifecycle? It will also explain what the lifecycle of an empire is. This paper will also explain if the Roman Empire followed the natural lifecycle of an empire. What specific mistakes led to the decline of the Roman Empire and what the most important factor was in the decline of the Roman Empire.
Does an Empire have a natural lifecycle?
Yes, this author believes that an empire does have a natural lifecycle just like everything else in life. Once anything reaches its peak it will eventually begin to decline.
What is the lifecycle of an Empire?
There are many different stages in the life cycle of an empire. Sir John Glibb Pasha a British military officer and historian made a list of the lifecycle of an empire in his book The Fate of Empires.
      Glubb Pasha discovered that empires experienced similar cultural developments while experiencing a life cycle in a series of stages which may overlap. As he generalized, the stages are:
          1. age of outburst (or pioneers)
          2. The age of conquests
          3. The age of commerce
          4. The age of affluence
          5. The age of intellect
          6. The age of decadence
          7. The age of decline and collapse
      Each stage helps to lead to the next as the values of the people change over time as influenced by military, political, economic, and religious developments. (Snow, n.d., p. 1)
Did The Roman Empire follow the Natural Lifecycle of an Empire?
The Roman Empire did follow the natural lifecycle of an empire but with a few added twists which is what made it so successful. Augustus who was considered the first ‘emperor’ of the Roman Empire held many different offices such as consul,...