Empires have dominated our globe for centuries on, yet no one has linked the connection between how these empires rise, and what causes their reign to end. Through collective studies, Day Of Empire author Amy Chua presents a persuasive theory which argues that hyper powers achieved their world dominance through tolerance of culture and religion, as well as the individuals residing in the conquered society, amassing their talents for the benefit of the Empire.
The Great Persian (Achaemenid) Empire
Amy Chua develops chapter one by introducing the reader to the Achaemenid Empire or Persian Empire, the first hyper power in history, ruling over one third of the world’s population, and …show more content…
As the empire expanded even more, so did diversity as well as a divide between the Latin-west and Greek-east, and the empire was split in two. People revolted, and subjects tried to rule independent states for themselves. Rome slipped into an Era of religious persecution and intolerance, sparking internal rebellions, leading into the ultimate downfall of the Roman Empire.
As Rome developed its power, import taxes and limits on trade disintegrated, and Rome became a free trade zone, earning an enormous amount of revenue for the empire. The Roman economy extended globally, and the empire developed bronze coins as a familiar common currency. Socially, Rome didn’t have a racism policy, due to the high tolerance strategy. Rome was inclusive, of all people and cultures, incorporating them into the empire, and using their talents to extend and benefit the empire. Politically speaking, the idea of tolerance is once again introduced. Even after conquering neighboring cities, peace treaties were offered, but these treaties were strategically made. The first condition in these treaties resulted in the smaller cities becoming economically dependent on Rome, while the second condition required the cities to provide Rome with troops. Non-Roman citizens were allowed to run for government and office positions, leaving every city feeling like they had a voice.
The Great Dynasties of China especially the Tang Dynasty
Throughout most of its history, China