What were the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire? Did difficulty in communications from the centre to the periphery contribute to this?
It is difficult to assess how much communication issues affected the decline of Rome. On the one hand, during the period of barbarian invasions, the time involved in repositioning legions may have contributed to losses in individual battles, but on the other hand, since the communications networks in the fourth and fifth centuries were just as good as the ones in the first and...
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