The history of the british empire from the birth of wessex to the end of decolonization new version: . The british empire didn't decline, it evaporated and was gone within ten years in 1945 the sun didn't set on the british empire, and in 1955 it was gone to understand what happened, one must realize what it consisted of the places that had been settled by the british and europeans (canada, australia, new zealand) were british in name only.
A look at how the british empire fell.
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By 1979, the british empire was reduced to a few pockets around the world the shrinking didn't stop, however when hong kong was transferred to china in 1997, queen elizabeth's son prince charles himself dubbed it the end of the empire in 2015, britain has 14 overseas territories left. After world war ii britain could no longer afford the expense of administering one quarter of the worlds population , it wanted to protect its own land which comprised 1/600 th area of world , the. Some would say the empire officially came to an end in february of that year when—utterly drained by the two world wars—the british cabled washington that they no longer had the money or troops to defend greece or turkey as the soviet union threatened to extend its influence in the early cold war. The british empire expanded to include most of india, large parts of africa and many other territories throughout the world.
In the 36 lectures of the rise and fall of the british empire, award-winning professor patrick n allitt of emory university leads you through four centuries of british power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life. The british sway over the world's real estate was over 1/4 of the planet's land massthe red on maps marked where the union jack held sway in a conscious tribute to edward gibbon's decline and fall of the roman empire author brendon traces the fall of the british empire from 1781 to 1997.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, britain had dominion over so many portions of the earth it was said, famously, that “the sun never set on the british empire” since the end of world war ii, however, that sun has been steadily dipping toward the horizon.
The british empire was the first genuinely global empire, an empire that ranged, at times, from the american colonies in the west, australia and new zealand in the east, canada and her dominions in the north and huge chunks of africa in the south, including egypt and rhodesia.