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A thread for general discussions, articles and images/videos about the British Empire.

 

From Wikipedia:-

 

At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. By 1913, the British Empire held sway over 412 million people, 23% of the world population at the time, and by 1920, it covered 35,500,000 km2 (13,700,000 sq mi), 24% of the Earth's total land area. As a result, its political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase "the empire on which the sun never sets" was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse around the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.

 

 

To start, here's a GIF animation showing the extent of British territory from 1492 through to the present day...

 

https://upload.wikim..._evolution3.gif

 

 

1280px-British_Empire_evolution3.gif

 

 

 

 

... followed by all countries/territories that were ever part of the empire (i.e. all time periods, combined).

 

 

1280px-The_British_Empire.png


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It's still true that the Sun never sets on the British Empire: http://foreignpolicy...british-empire/


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The British Empire and eventually American dominance had pretty much set the foundation for world culture. A lot of people like to give big influence points to Rome or Greece, but at the end of the day it's Britain that made the modern world. It was the first and the last world-empire.


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If we had not been dicks, and really invested in all our territories long term, (i.e. keeping the interests of those people in mind) we could be head of an alliance of fully developed nations comprising most of the world at this point.

 

Although "If everyone had been nicer throughout history, the world would be better now than it is" is a pretty obvious statement. 


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^^^ I greatly fear that the United States has made the same mistake.  If we had stuck to our political ideas and loosened up in our attitude toward competing economic systems, the world would have been a better place and we would not be in such danger of losing our leadership in world affairs. (A leadership in which Great Britain is a critical ally - at least for the time being).

 

 

 

Although "If everyone had been nicer throughout history, the world would be better now than it is" is a pretty obvious statement. 

 

A good point nicely stated.


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Just thought I would add a couple of key dates/years:

 

1492. Spain expels the last of the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula and Columbus sails west.  At this point, Spain was the more powerful of the colonial powers of Europe, but it more or less pulled Britain in its wake. (Sources: many)

 

1795. The French capture the Dutch fleet lying frozen in the Texel (January 2).  William V takes refuge in England, and the French establish a Batavian republic. The British begin seizing Dutch colonies including the Cape of Good Hope and Ceylon. (Source: The People's Chronology, James Trager.)


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