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  British Empire - LoveToKnow 1911
A tendency which had seemed temporarily to point towards a complacent dissolution of the empire was arrested, and the closing years of the 19th century were marked by a growing disposition to appreciate the value and importance of the unique position which the British empire has created for itself in the world.
The extent of this burden was emphasized in 1909 by the revelations as to the increase of the German (and the allied Austrian) fleet.
Systems of justice throughout J the empire have a close resemblance to each other, and the judicial committee of the privy council, on which the self-governing colonies and India are represented, constitutes a supreme court of appeal (q.v.) for the entire empire.
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 The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The 20th Century: Topic 1: Overview
At no time in the first half of her reign was empire a central preoccupation of her or her governments, but this was to change in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), which altered the balance of power in Europe.
It was "a Roman moment." The analogy of the Roman Empire was endlessly invoked in discussions of the British Empire.
The most recent development in the dismantling of the British Empire was the restoration to Chinese rule, under a declaration signed in 1984, of the former British crown colony of Hong Kong, on the southeastern coast of China.
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  British Empire information - Search.com
The British Empire was at one time referred to as "the empire on which the sun never sets" because the size of Empire ensured that the sun was always shining on one of its colonies.
The overseas British Empire (in the sense of British oceanic exploration and settlement outside of Europe and the British Isles) was rooted in the pioneering maritime policies of King Henry VII, who reigned from 1485 to 1509.
British withdrawal from the southern and eastern parts of Africa was complicated by the region's white settler populations: Kenya had already provided an example in the Mau Mau Uprising of violent conflict exacerbated by white landownership and reluctance to concede majority rule.
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  British Empire - MSN Encarta
British Empire, name given to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the former dominions, colonies, and other territories throughout the world that owed allegiance to the British Crown from the late 1500s to the middle of the 20th century.
The foundations of the British Empire were laid during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603).
An important factor in the first empire was mercantilism, an economic policy based on protected trade monopolies and governmental control of manufacturing.
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  British Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The British Empire was, at one time, referred to as "the empire on which the sun never sets" because the empire's span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies.
The overseas British Empire (in the sense of British oceanic exploration and settlement outside of Europe and the British Isles) was rooted in the pioneering maritime policies of King Henry VII, who reigned from 1485 to 1509.
British withdrawal from the southern and eastern parts of Africa was complicated by the region's white settler populations: Kenya had already provided an example in the Mau Mau Uprising of violent conflict exacerbated by white landownership and reluctance to concede majority rule.
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 sociology - British Empire
The overseas British Empire — in the sense of British oceanic exploration and settlement outside of Europe and the British Isles — was rooted in the pioneering maritime policies of King Henry VII, who reigned 1485–1509.
The British Empire first took shape during the early 17th century, with the English settlement of the eastern colonies of North America, which would later become the original United States as well as Canada's Atlantic provinces, and the colonisation of the smaller islands of the Caribbean such as Jamaica and Barbados.
British withdrawal from the southern and eastern parts of Africa was complicated by the region's white settler populations: Kenya had already provided an example in the Mau Mau Uprising of violent conflict exacerbated by white landownership and reluctance to concede majority rule.
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 British Empire page
From here British traders extended to the island of Borneo where two colonies were formed in the north, one the quasi-feudal state of Sarawak, ruled by the so-called White Rajahs of the Brooks family on behalf of the Sultan of Brunei, the other North Borneo (now Sabah).
The last major conquest of the British was South Africa, where their armies fought not the "natives" but the descendants of the Dutch settlers at the Cape.
Thus there is something in common with the Ottoman Empire which began with a small clan of Turks that also transmitted its group feeling to larger and larger populations until it ruled much of the Middle East, north Africa and eastern Europe and then decayed in the 19th century.
www.angelfire.com /mac/egmatthews/worldinfo/europe/empire.html   (4701 words)

  
 British Empire. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The establishment of the empire resulted primarily from commercial and political motives and emigration movements (see imperialism); its long endurance resulted from British command of the seas and preeminence in international commerce, and from the flexibility of British rule.
In India, from the 1740s to 1763, the British East India Company and its French counterpart were engaged in a military and commercial rivalry in which the British were ultimately victorious.
Imperial contributions had considerably strengthened the British war effort (more than 200,000 men from the overseas empire died in the war; the dominions and India signed the Versailles Treaty and joined the League of Nations), but at the same time expectations were raised among colonial populations that an increased measure of self-government would be granted.
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 British - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The British have a social structure in which a number of all female 'workers' maintain their country under the rule of the Queen.
These cities have vibrant British communities, each with their own "Londontown" district in which traditional cuisine is served, football hooliganism is practised, the weather is complained about and ale is quaffed.
The British language is spoken in Britain and British Columbia.
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 The National Archives Learning Curve | British Empire | Home
The history of the British empire is a British story and a world story.
In this exhibition you are going to look at how and why the empire made Britain so important.
We haven't tried to study all aspects of the empire, because it was so huge and lasted so long.
www.learningcurve.gov.uk /empire/default.htm   (99 words)

  
 History in Focus: Empire
British imperial history is in apparently robust health, widely studied in one form or another in schools and in higher education.
British people of a certain age and intellectual disposition tend to bewail the ignorance of British school children of the British imperial past about which they are said never to be taught.
The British Empire alone is a subject with myriad routes of study and research, with the possibility of concentrating on one facet, such as the military, political, economic, or cultural history of the Empire.
www.history.ac.uk /ihr/Focus/Empire/index.html   (4200 words)

  
 British Empire
The British Empire in the early decades of the 20th century, held sway over a population of 400–500 million people (roughly a quarter of the world's population), and covered nearly 30 million square kilometres, (roughly two-fifths of the world's land area).
Its territories were scattered across every continent and ocean, and it was described with some truth as "the empire on which the sun never sets." Arguably, its zenith was achieved in the 1890s and 1900s.
The overseas British Empire—in the sense of British oceanic exploration and settlement outside of Europe and the British and Irish Isles—was rooted in the pioneering maritime policies of King Henry VII, who reigned 1485–1509.
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 "Empire" by Niall Ferguson - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
This was the red of the British Empire, and it was considered a glorious color.
To the British, as to people in the rest of the world, imperialism's golden age is now considered a stain on human history, an era of slavery and racism and the plunder of native lands and peoples.
That the British Empire was, on balance, "a good thing" is a provocative idea, the sort that has made Ferguson a celebrity in the U.K. Ferguson has written six books during the past eight years, and he has often thrilled in presenting novel twists to what others in the academy consider settled historical fact.
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 British Empire — Infoplease.com
British Empire: Bibliography - Bibliography See The Cambridge History of the British Empire (8 vol., 1929–1963); R. British Empire: The First Empire - The First Empire The origins of the empire date from the late 16th cent.
British Empire: The Second Empire - The Second Empire The voyages of Capt. James Cook to Australia and New Zealand in the 1770s and new...
British Empire: From Empire to Commonwealth - From Empire to Commonwealth World War I brought the British Empire to the peak of its expansion,...
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 The Sun Never Set on the British Empire
In 1909 the British Empire encompassed 20% of the land area of the Earth and 23% of its population.
The Union of South Africa was formed from the British colonies of the Natal and the Cape Colony, together with the subjugated Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State.
The flag of the Union was, significantly, an archaizing Dutch flag, with an orange instead of a red stripe, and the flag of Britain, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal on the middle stripe.
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 The Monarchy Today > Queen and public > Honours > Order of the British Empire
The Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.
From 1918 onwards there were Military and Civil Divisions, as George V also intended that after the war the Order should be used to reward services to the State in a much wider sense.
In the words of one committee member, 'St Paul's symbolised the victory of the British spirit during the war of 1939-45 in that, although badly damaged and shaken, it survived the ordeal by battle in an almost miraculous way.'
www.royal.gov.uk /OutPut/Page4886.asp   (0 words)

  
 Reviews of 'The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire'
The British Empire is a subject of particular personal interest, since I was born under the Union Jack in pre-1997 Hong Kong, and I'm still living in a former British Commonwealth country - a citizen of Canada.
Surprising because of the importance of Hong Kong in the British Empire.
The British Empire should be of interest to many since such hotspots as Bermuda, Gibraltar and the Falklands are still in British possession.
www.usingenglish.com /amazon/us/reviews/0521002540.html   (0 words)

  
 British Empire: Articles
Tim Hughes charts the rise and fall of the Empire and relates it to the impact it has had on his hometown of Liverpool.
This campaign to release British hostages held in the interior of the African continent was regarded as an excellently executed classic Victorian 'Little War'.
Some fifty years after the British left India the courage and eccentricities of a Scottish dynasty that served there across two centuries are remembered.
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 Amazon.com: Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power: Books: Niall ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
At its peak in the nineteenth century, the British Empire was the largest empire ever known, governing roughly a quarter of the world's population.
This book purports to show that the British Empire was an ultimately beneficial endeavour that benefited the world by showering it with the benefits of globalization and free trade in labor and capital.
He writes that Britain sacrificed their empire to defeat Hitler and asks rhetorically "Did not that sacrifice alone expunge all the Empire's other sins?" Leaving aside the fact that Churchill did not know he was making this sacrifice in 1940, I can't help but notice that the Soviet Union sacrificed even more.
www.amazon.com /Empire-Demise-British-Lessons-Global/dp/0465023290   (3170 words)

  
 Foreign Affairs - Hegemony or Empire? - Niall Ferguson
In a characteristically combative essay, Correlli Barnett restates his well-known thesis that by the 1920s "the British Empire was one of the most outstanding examples of strategic overextension in history," and that this overstretch had profound and deleterious economic consequences.
During the imperial age, for example, British colonial administrators such as Frederick Lugard clearly understood the distinction between "direct" and "indirect" rule; large parts of the British Empire in Asia and Africa were ruled indirectly, through the agency of local potentates rather than British governors.
A century ago, British leaders could devote the lion's share of their attention and taxpayers' money to imperial defense and grand strategy, since before 1910, government provided only minimal care for the sick and elderly, and most of that was local.
www.foreignaffairs.org /20030901fareviewessay82512/niall-ferguson/hegemony-or-empire.html   (3603 words)

  
 British Empire - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
The British Empire is a massive political and economic powerhouse that has sought total domination throughout the ages upon ages and centred in the British Isles at the capital of Coruscate (also known as London).
In the early centuries, the Empire's quest for world domination nearly succeeded until their defeat before the daunting 'we all want independence alliance', after which point the Empire fell into decline.
The primary diet of subjects in the Empire is a bland white fish coated in bland batter, although this is sometimes accompanied by bland, fried potatoes drenched in vinegar for some totally unknown reason.
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 The British Empire - Wikiality, the Truthiness Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
It is likely that the sun has set on the British Empire and only old people remember the glory that was Britain before the Second World War.
The British Empire was mostly responsible for the birth of the nation Canada.
The British empire is also the largest demographic for men with beards that eat bowtie pasta.
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 An evil British empire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The historical British Empire had some darker moments, and I am sure that a case for unpleasantness could be made here and there.
Punch in particular, while applauding the Britishness of the British Government, took upon itself the task of 'popping pomposity' This involved frequent and loud criticism, and especially damaging cartoons, that made savage attacks on specific individuals and specific policies extremely effective.
The British Empire generally appreciated the British having stripped Britain to protect them, and started to demand that they be allowed to protect themselves.
www.flin.demon.co.uk /althist/ebe.htm   (3748 words)

  
 History of the British Empire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
This is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known, is a story of brilliant contrasts, of triumph and disaster, of wise rule and bitter oppression, a story that shows what Britain took from the world but also what it GAVE to the world.
For 300 years British traders, adventurers, and politicians acquired the scattered bits of land that came to be called “the Empire”.
This first pages of “The British Empire” recalls the concentrated emotion of jubilee year as a prelude to the extraordinary story, which will be traced in other pages of this web site of how the British came to rule over one quarter of the earths surface.
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