The fall and fall of the British Affluence & Influence

Posted: October 4, 2013 in General
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Well, for a country that owned a quarter of earth,its really surprising that it has fallen so down in the pecking order of the worlds largest economies.Arguably Britain was at one time the biggest economy but presently lies a distant 7th.Most interesting to note,the first three strongest economies were initially colonies of Britain.Just how did they surpass & out muscle their “master”? Without fear of contradiction, I dare say their wealth was amassed from mineral theft in the countries they colonized.To date much has been said to justify colonization as a necessary evil but I still believe that’s not the case.They should have exploited better policies other than blackmail,force,trickery & economic exploitation.

It fell because it was built on greed, religious domination and economic exploitation.Definitely it should have been wise to know that its subjects would definitely get empowered and learned with time to a point where they would demand what’s rightfully theirs.

Such actions could not be tolerated by anyone from any race and creed and hence the uprising against the British Empire
The Irish Republican Army took on the British Empire at its height (1919-21) and British rule collapsed in Ireland as a result of the Irish War of Independence. This sparked Independence movements across the Empire and inspired other nations for Freedom.

Also WW2 caused the fall of the British Empire for two reasons.

Firstly, many nations such as India felt that their sacrifice should be rewarded with independence. The losses to the Japanese also destroyed the myth of European omnipotence
Notably the main reasons were economic.WW1, The Great Depression of the 1930’s and then WW2, all happened one after the other, and exhausted Britain financially.

Secondly, the UK was financially exhausted and heavily in debt to the US. This left it almost impossible to defend its far-flung colonies by force. The US capitalised on its position of banker and forced the UK to abandon the empire by threat of economic collapse otherwise. This was so that vast markets were opened to American companies and to weaken the UK in general.

In 1945 Britain was still a military Superpower, with a huge Army, Navy and Air Force, but Britain was financially in a ruinous state, and Britain itself badly needed rebuilding, and this was the priority.

Actually, it did not suddenly collapse, but began with the British Mandate ending in the Middle East in 1933 and ending with Hong Kong in 1997.

IMPORTANT POINT -There was also no major military confrontations with the British, apart from with the Mau Mau in Kenya and Communist Rebels in Malaysia, the British won both of these conflicts. Britain decolonised over a period of around 30 years, almost always peacefully, and without any major challenges from the colonials, at least not militarily.

Prior to WW2 Britain ended its control of much of the Middle East, with Iraq, Jordan, Saudi, The Gulf States etc becoming independent. Canada, Australia and New Zealand were already Semi Independent Dominions by then.

Between 1947 and 1950, India, Pakistan, Israel and Burma becoming independent.

Then in the 1950’s Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, South Africa,Malaysia, Nepal became independent.

In the 1960’s Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Cameroon, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Singapore, Brunei, Cyprus, Malta,Belize, Papua, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Mauritius etc all became independent.

In the 1970’s Britain pulled out of Aden(Yemen), Sychelles, and various smaller colonies in the South Pacific(Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu) and the Caribbean became independent, or were ceded to Australia or New Zealand in the case of Pacific Territories.

Zimbabwe only technically became independent in 1980, and Hong Kong as late as 1997!

Britain STILL has various colonies; Gibraltar, Bermuda,Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks &Caicos Isles,Barbuda, Falklands, Chagos Islands, Tristan Da Cunha, Asuncion, St Helena, Channel Islands, Pitcairn Islands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, British Antarctic Territories etc.

Britain introduced an Industrial Base, Organised Economy, Advanced Agriculture, Modern Legal and Judicial Systems, Road and Rail Networks, Electricity, Schools, Hospitals, Civil Service etc in its colonies.

Also, nations such as USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Israel, Iraq etc would simply NOT EXIST without the British Empire having existed first!

So, colonialism had its good points, and importantly, Imperialism was a thing of ITS time, not OUR time, and we must always judge history in the context of the values, culture, politics, norms and attitudes of that time.

So what remains of Britain right now? Their only say I believe lies with their membership to UN Security Council,nothing more and the dubious deals it tricked illiterate Africans to sign coupled to the debts it forced onto them.I dream of a time when africans should be able to say enough is enough.These debts shouldn’t be there in the first place.If anything,the lives of our fore fathers they killed and maimed(who knows,they probably killed our Albert Einstein
or perhaps Isaac Newton),the minerals and fertile lands they leased themselves for thousands of years is much more than what they invested in the colonies.These are some of the consequences they should have thought of and ought to have been prepared bear for their actions,I mean, we shall have to get even at some point,its just a matter of time.

Do you believe former colonies now run better than under the British?

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