It should be clear that I believe the British Empire was one of the greatest empires known to Man. They brought culture and technology to generally primitive and Stone Age cultures. However, the Independence movements of the 50's,60's and 70's could not be abated. In my opinion, these countries gained independence but suffered a loss of civilization that witnessed crime, decay of infrastructure, loss of commercial
interests and a generally rapid decline. Under English rule
, their lives were better.
I disagree, however with your opinion on India
. One only needs to read about the Indian Independence Movement to understand they did not want you and literally kicked you out. In the short term, they suffered. But, the long term read may be much different as India
is poised as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Finally, the remarkable work done in charting much of the known world by English
captains, notably Cook and Bligh, was a testament to their superior skills as many of those charts
, as you mentioned, are still used today.
As a final point, America did not want to be involved in WWII after the experience of the first world war. However, Roosevelt was determined to send American troops with the continual pleading of Churchill and the rest is History
. There is no doubt that England
would have fallen to the Germans without US support of materials and soldiers. However, it was Churchill who first bombed civilian populations in Germany
as ,initially, Hitler was opposed to bombing the Brits because they were genetically the same as the Germans. We know how that all ended. So, how's that for some thread drift? Good luck and good sailing. R