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Lecture 2Thursday September 19 2013WhatisanempireImperiumLatincommandsovereigntydominionNotaformofgovernmentandnotdependentonsizeoGreeceinitiallyademocracybecameanempireoSizeisnotarequirementinitiallyieBritishEmpireMilitaryconquestoThosesocietiesthatcanaffordtobecomeEmpireshavestrongempiresoRichinmoneyandorrichinfoodoThisistruetopaythearmysoldiersandleadersieAlexandertheGreatannihilatedPersianEmpirewith50somethingsoldieroEmpireswerenotgenocidalSomeruledoverbruteforceSometimestheymanagedtodominateinlessviolentwaysmoreefficientSophisticatedadministrativesystemsoComplexbureaucracyoAcquirecertaincivilizationstageoCantakealongtimeStrongdefenseoRebelsthoseyouoverthrewmayreturnoGuerillawarfareoProtectthebordersExpandedborderExpandarmyNeedmoremoneyEmpiresfailherebecausetheywerenotabletomaintainbureaucracyandarmyPossibleoriginsaLeadershipandgeniusofoneindividualbComplexdevelopmentoveralongperiodoftimeDecline and fall of empires due to aPolitical factionalism and civil wars aA society with a complicated structure has many central areas of power and they are richbThey want to become more powerful and they undermined the centralized power of the governmentcSource of decline is from within
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