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117,656. Was the British empire evil like it was in Star Wars? (Great Britain & Empire UK) Cunk on Britain s1e3, Cunt to Professor Ashley Jenkins, BBC 2018
28,492. On this question of principle, while actually suffering was yet afar off, they [Colonies] raised their flag against a power, to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation, Rome, in the height of her glory, is not to be compared; a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, cirlces the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England. (United States & Empire UK) Daniel Webster
30,352. So how was it that in little over a century the people that thought of themselves as the freest on Earth ended up subjugating much of the world’s population? How was it that a nation which had such a deep mistrust of military power ended up the biggest military power of all? How was it that the empire of the free turned into the empire of the slaves? How was it that profit seemed to turn not on freedom but on raw coercion? How was it we ended up with the wrong empire? (Great Britain & England & Empire UK) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Wrong Empire
90,132. Sugar: once seen as a luxurious drug it was now a necessity – the cash crop of the Empire. (Sugar & Empire) ibid.
28,680. One commodity would be reaped by another: by slaves ... The economy in the Caribbean wasn’t just a side-show to Empire, it was the Empire. Three and a half million slaves were transported in British ships alone. (Slavery & Empire & Great Britain & England) ibid.
30,353. Victory in Quebec and then Montreal totally transformed the British empire in north America. (Great Britain & England & Empire UK & Canada) ibid.
77,192. In the war that erupted between rival French and British-supported Nawabs, Clive turned a diversion into the main event. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,193. The Black Hole of Calcutta now entered British history’s lexicon of infamy. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,194. Increasingly the stock in trade of British India was not spices, not cloth but taxes. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
28,681. But the English counties weren’t the only place where it was said something had to be done to avert bloodshed. In Suriname, Guyana and in Jamaica a push to the edge by hope and desperation there had been slave rebellions put down with a ferocity which made Peterloo look like a picnic. (Slavery & Empire UK & England & Great Britain) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Forces of Nature
28,682. The message of the Romantics: We are all brothers and sisters beneath the skin. We all share praise be to God the same nature could at last be embraced not as a cry for retribution, a call to the barricades, but as the anthem of a great and peaceful crusade. Abolitionism healed old wounds. It brought together Thomas Bewick and William Wordsworth under the same great tent of righteousness. (Slavery & Empire UK & England & Great Britain) ibid.
28,683. In 1834 Britain abolished slavery. And at a time contrary to some legends when the market for its products was becoming more not less lucrative, it was the first great nineteenth-century victory for the Party of Humanity. (Slavery & Empire UK & England & Great Britain) ibid.
30,363. What went wrong? (Great Britain & England & Empire UK) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Empire of Good Intentions
77,195. Mutiny – the word by which we know the terrible slaughters of 1847. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,196. European Delhi burned. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,197. Victoria would reign as empress. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
30,364. What made the scale of suffering so obscene was that it happened during a time of grain surplus in other parts of India. But so fanatically devoted to the iron law of the market was the government that it refused to liberate those supplies for fear it would artificially bring down prices. So common sense not to mention common humanity were sacrificed to the fetish of the market and millions were abandoned to perish. (Great Britain & England & Empire UK & India) ibid.
30,365. Three years later the empire would ask its loyal subjects to line up for king and country. Millions did from Ireland and India. (Great Britain & England & Empire UK & India) ibid.
30,371. Winston began to gorge on history ... Almost all his life he believed in the greatness and the goodness of the British Empire. (Great Britain & England & Churchill & Empire UK) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Two Winstons
29,373. And at last when the Americans became the majority, the seat of Empire would perhaps have been moved solemnly across the Atlantic, and Britain have become the historical shrine and the European outpost of the world empire. It would have been the most sublime transference of power known to mankind ... under the vigorous embrace of the New World. (Empire US & Empire UK & Empire) Lord Rosebery, address at Glasgow University 1900
29,888. You were ashamed of every having had an empire, and that sweetened the pill of decline. (England & Empire UK) Martin Amis's England, BBC 2014
30,165. The origins of empire and the industrial revolution ... Traditional industries began to mechanise. (Great Britain & England & Industrial Revolution & Empire) Michael Wood, The Great British Story: A People’s History: Industry & Empire 7/8
77,138. The tale of India’s last invader – the British – is a chain of accidents. (India & Empire UK) Michael Wood: The Story of India VI: Freedom BBC 2012
77,139. The British victory in south India came in 1799. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,140. The war was not just about power but profit. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,141. Bengal became a mainstay of British imperialism. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,142. The food too – which has spread across the entire world. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,143. Everything would be changed by the Great Rebellion of 1857. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,144. The British Raj was one of the most ingenious and adaptive empires in history – an immense patchwork embracing nearly a quarter of the people of the planet. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,145. Imperialism is never benign. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,146. 1947: Great floods of people fled in fear … Up to a million died … Could the partition have been avoided? (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,147. The British – they were tried and found wanting. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,148. The world’s biggest democracy is looking once again to the future. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
77,149. India – the ancient, the eternal and the ever new. (India & Empire UK) ibid.
30,404. In the middle of the eighteenth century with naval and commercial victories oversees Britain was entering a new imperial era. It drew us into a different way of thinking about the world. Led from the top by the Royal Family, the figureheads of the nation. (Great Britain & England & Empire: UK) David Dimbleby, Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Empire
30,405. It wasn’t long before the settlers were confident enough not to need the motherland. In 1776 America declared its independence from Britain and war broke out between them. For eight years the country was drenched in blood. A defining moment in its history and an enduring inspiration for its art. Against all expectations the British Crown was defeated by its own colony. Back in Britain many felt the loss of America was a national humiliation. They were determined the same thing should not happen again. Britain’s focus now moved to the east and to its interests in India. (Great Britain & England & Empire: UK & United States) ibid.