location, just as the focus of economics shifted from a mediterranean-based global economy, to an atlantic-based one.
judicious use of gunboat diplomacy to ensure that everyone else's navy played second best to the Royal Navy.
fortunate resources combined with even more fortunate chemistry details, when it came to industrial manufacturing - The british isles' iron ores were really quite poor for steel-making, they had too much phosphorus in the ore. But the bessmer process used lime to react with the steel to remove waste, and also served to strip the phosphorus out, making good steel. Combine that with the local ores and coal to make coke, to fuel the furnaces, and you've got the lucky combination of the right fuel, the right ores, and the right technology, to kick-start the industrial revolution.
Historians agree that the Empire was not planned by anyone. The concept of the British Empire is a construct and was never a legal entity, unlike the Roman or other European empires. There was no imperial constitution, no office of emperor, no uniformity of laws. So when it began, when it ended, and what stages it went through is a matter of opinion, not official orders or laws. The dividing line was Britain's shift in the 1763-93 period from emphasis on Western to Eastern territories following U.S. independence. The London bureaucracy governing the colonies also changed, policies to white settler colonies changed and slavery was phased out.The first major history wasThe Expansion of England(1883), by SirJohn Seeley.It was a bestseller for decades, and was widely admired by the imperialistic faction in British politics, and opposed by the anti-imperialists of the Liberal Party. The book points out how and why Britain gained the colonies, the character of the Empire, and the light in which it should be regarded. It was well written and persuasive. Seeley argued that British rule is in India's best interest. He also warned that India had to be protected and vastly increased the responsibilities and dangers to Britain. The book contains the much-quoted statement that "we seem, as it were, to have conquered half the world in a fit of absence of mind".
>>614803 Makes it much easier to do business, state can't go crazy and start appropriating assets, there is less corruption etc. England in the 18th century was a much easier place to make money than France at the same time. The Dutch had a similar thing going, though obviously without the population or resources.
>>614997 Typical britbongs think the average American is mostly of British decent just because it started as English colonies. That is incorrect. Americans are a bunch of mutts that are not primarily anything.
>>615207 Nice meme answer Britain was always a backwater shithole, even during the feeble occupation by Rome Also, if they were "so ahead" when they separated from Rome, explain why they remained so irrelevant and weak compared to the rest of Europe until after the Napoleonic Wars
>>614822 You're forgetting that the lack of land commons in England forced a mass exodus of poor to colonial holdings and the establishment of new colonies which increased the influx of raw goods to fuel industrialisation, requiring an increase in fleet size. Essentially, the desire of the british peasant to own land and needing to get off his little island to do it created a positive feedback loop, it wasn't just location, location without the right social and cultural trends gets you nowhere.
>>614711 >England's crushing defeat by France, the dominant naval power, in naval engagements culminating in the 1690 Battle of Beachy Head, became the catalyst for England's rebuilding itself as a global power. England had no choice but to build a powerful navy. No public funds were available, and the credit of William III's government was so low in London that it was impossible for it to borrow the £1,200,000,000 (at 8 per cent) that the government wanted.
>To induce subscription to the loan, the subscribers were to be incorporated by the name of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England. The Bank was given exclusive possession of the government's balances, and was the only limited-liability corporation allowed to issue bank notes. The lenders would give the government cash (bullion) and issue notes against the government bonds, which can be lent again. The £1.2m was raised in 12 days; half of this was used to rebuild the navy.
>As a side effect, the huge industrial effort needed, from establishing iron-works to make more nails to agriculture feeding the quadrupled strength of the navy, started to transform the economy. This helped the new Kingdom of Great Britain – England and Scotland were formally united in 1707 – to become powerful. The power of the navy made Britain the dominant world power in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
You guys are missing the point. Sure it's the navy and Industry that's important. But, how did that come about? Because of money, ie finaces. The answer is, the central bank, the Bank of England. The bank on which most central banks today are modeled on.
>>616192 America is far from being mostly anglo. British tend to act like America's accomplishments are their own because of this mistaken impression.
I feel like snidely rubbing this kind of ignorance into a britbong's face every time they spout it. I'm not a good person. Maybe the fact that I know it's not a good thing to want means I'm not a bad person though.
The Colonial Power mostly resulted in innovative navy commadenders, they had lots of allocated money and invested in the new shit. Steel plated ship armor, using the porpeller instead of the paddle wheel sooner.
>>614711 Aside from le island wit coal (which, to be fair, played a very large part) there's a bit of other stuff. The fact that it abolished its absolute monarchy by the end of the 17th Century, while other European states were still fucking about with the Bourbons and Hapsburgs etc for quite a while afterwards, meaning they had a bit more advancement in terms of politics and government. The accession of William III also meant they left their history of leaving Europe mostly alone (He was Dutch), and then under Anne they managed to secure protestant succession, so there was no more complications with monarchy. They also managed to unite Great Britain around this time, and they ended up winning the War of Spanish Succession against the French, gaining them a lot of New World territory. From here it was just advancements in transport etc, and big ass navy
>>614711 I'd honestly say one of the driving factors was the split from the Roman Catholic Church during Henry VIII's reign. It opened up a hell of a lot more economic opportunites for England, as the Roman Catholic church at that point had owned about 1/10 of the land in England and was making an absolute mint off it while paying little to no taxation to the King. Just a little pointer, obviously there were more reasons than that.. but just one of the factors in my opinion, OP.
>>616372 The Irish are also British, and it says the number of people identifying as English has dropped by twenty million because they identify as American. You add that upp and you have abOut Eighty million british whites with the next nearest being German at fifty million. Maybe not overwhelming but it is a majority. And thats ignoring the scots and the welsh
>>614711 Jews nested there after they were expelled from the Netherlands and made sure to meddle in every single war that might threaten their home
In literally every single war Britain has ever participated they always somehow managed to rally the entire planet against their enemies, no other country ever did that (as they didn't have the rubbing hands power with them)
The british royal family is the only one who has mandatory circumcision
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