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How much did the world benefit from the British Empire?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by G17Jake, Jun 19, 2012.

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  1. G17Jake

    G17Jake

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    It was quite the empire over the years (centuries).

    I wonder how different India would be had it not been a colony?
     
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    British imperialism did more damage than good. All you have to do is see how ****ed up the middle east is to see what it did.
     

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    I think that had more to do with Mohammad than John Bull.
     
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    Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US wouldn't be the same without British Imperialism. Granted they did screw up quite a bit but so does everyone else. The same thing that happened in the middle east happened in africa when the Belgians pulled out.
     
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    You can't really tell what the world would have looked like if the British Empire had never existed, some other force would have filled the power vacuum. What would the Middle East have looked like if Russia had become a globe spanning empire at the time? How about if Napoleon had defeated the British and conquered Europe? Ever hear of the Belgian Congo? Still living with the results of that bit of masterful colonial management.

    For all the faults of the British and their empire their opposition to the slave trade, spreading educational practices, effective administration and the rule of law to what were little constantly warring principalities all over the world really helped advance civilization.

    If I were given the opportunity to be born a native in a colony I would pick the British. The rest were even more corrupt, oppressive and destructive to the people they conquered.

    How many other colonial powers granted independance to so many of their former colonies without a bloody fight the the end?
     
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    Without British imperialism in the Indian subcontinent, that area today would be a bunch of small countries, sort of like Central America or tropical Africa. India vs. Pakistan is serious, but it is better than a politically broken-up layout of squabbling neighbors.
     
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    If there had been no British Empire there would have been no James Bond movies.
     
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    English is the language of aviation, commerce and science. India has over 700 native languages, the only way they were able to become a nation was because the English gave them a common language.

    In my opinion, England on the whole had a positive impact on the world. Sure they screwed up and had their share of crooks and monsters.

    China, however they really screwed over, almost no redeeming qualities to how they acted in China
     
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    I agree with stevelyn.

    africa, middle east, pakistan. lots of the problems in these places have roots in decolonization.

    it's a miracle and an amazing achievement that india didn't tear itself apart.
     
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    There will always be problems undoing something that was so poorly done in the first place. HH
     
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    ... but then, who DIDN'T screw over China!
     
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    That's the U.N.'s fault, among other things, not the British Empire's.
     
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    .....watching a bit of PBS are we??
     
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    Couldn't tell you, but probably better than the French Empire.
     
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    Hard for some people to admit that "Empire" was not a who;;y European concept. China, after all, was an Empire itself not a homogenous culture.

    We tend to lose little details when we look at the world as we know it today. It is easy to be misled, much like blaming French colonialism for dividing Viet-nam, when it never really wa one Country to begin with, it was three.
     
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