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What do you guys think happened to the British Empire?

The British Empire was the largest empire by GDP, landmass, and population the world has ever seen. It also had one of the strongest navies the world has ever seen. By 1913 it held 458 million people (one fourth of the world's pop), and 14.2 square miles of land (one fourth of the land on Earth). I believe that Gandhi had a role in liberating India, inturn dissolving the British East India company (the main revenue source for the empire), King George III also dealt the empire a blow when he lost the thirteen colonies. Major fires in London hurted the economy. The two World Wars drained Great Britain. And the sheer distance the empire's land was spreaded out made it easy for foreign power attacks and revolutions to start in one certain area. What do you think happened to the British Empire that forced it into a small island country today known as the U.K?

Asked By: Billy N - 12/24/2006
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it became the commonwealth, india was returned to its rightful people, ghandi played an infleuential role in getting his country liberated,however the history of the british empire will show that given the historical data at the time of Englands rise to the mechanical age, that was built upon the exploitatian of other... More
Answered By: lefang - 12/24/2006
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If memory serves me correctly, most of it had something to do with the Socialist labour party buggering things up (like they do everytime the country goes stupid enough to vote them in to power)
Answered By: jduck1979 - 12/24/2006
 
I think the Second World War and the rise of native nationalism afterward, plus a crisis of conscious, brought the British Empire down.
Answered By: jonmcn49 - 12/24/2006
 
well, simply stated, as is the case with all previous empires throughout history, it rose and then declined, and fell.. that's the natural cycle for all that "comes into existence", is it not? how's the american "empire" doing? seems to be in a bit of a decline to many ;-)
Answered By: jared g - 12/24/2006
 
the empire got so big, there were'nt enough troops to occupy and, hang on to all of it.
Answered By: ny21tb - 12/24/2006
 
The British Empire, by far, surpassed the Greatness of Roman Empire (Including Eastern Roman Empire). Then, when the time of changes came, it changed, successfully. Britishers (I like this Indian noun) use today their enfant terrible (USA) as the front shield, keep on developing Commonwealth, keep on "conquering" EU (... More
Answered By: Avgerinos M - 12/24/2006
 
The British Empire was bound to be a casualty of the 20th century. Maybe the second World War advanced it by about ten years. It was just something Britain couldn't afford, especially after the addition of Africa - Gladstone said 'This will beggar us' and how right he was. India, too, from an asset had become a... More
Answered By: Xamanator - 12/25/2006
 
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