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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 months ago

Why did the British empire fall?

I’m British but literally have no clue about my countries history because Schools hardly teach that part of history. So enlighten me. Why did we lose the empire?

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  • 4 months ago

    The British Empire simply run out of money, two world wars had drained British national wealth added to this was the rise of nationalistic ambition for self determination of many of the countries that were part of the British Empire.

  • They got weakened by Germany, China and, Japan. Also the formation of the United Nations which reduced colonialism. Once the whole world found out Britain couldn't hold off in WW2 and Korean War, countries became bold in gaining independence

  • 4 months ago

    They were not strong enough

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Too much debt due to WW2. Even during WW1, the British Empire lost a lot of financial resources.

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  • 4 months ago

    The empire was not so much lost as given back to its rightful owners. As colonies became more successful and realised they did not need a paternal figurehead to make decisions on their behalf, they began to demand freedom. And along with the colonies' wish for self determination, came the realisation in Britain too that the mistreatment of people which had kept it great was not going to work indefinitely. So it's been a gradual thing over many years.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Times change.

    It has been that way since time immemorial.

  • 4 months ago

    It did not fail if was run down over many years.

    • John P
      Lv 7
      4 months agoReport

      Britain lost its empire for the same reasons that European countries with empires lost them after WW2. Too expensive to maintain compared with any financial benefits. General unrest and desire for independence in those lands. And the "spirit of the age" which said that local people should be free.

  • 4 months ago

    The benefits of having colonies did not justify the expenses. Our whole global economy is different than the old colonial model. In the past a nation would have colonies not only to enrich itself from the resources but also that colony was a captive market to the mother country. This worked in the 1600s-1700s, but by late 1800s forays into Sub-saharan Africa etc brought back fewer returns. WW1 Britain was left with a mixed bag of Middle East territories that stretched its forces and budget. A lot of British private investment was being put into the USA at the time and not into its colonies. Technological change brought an end to it's dominance of the high seas. For centuries Britain had the best ships, the best crews, etc. but by 20th century that did not mean as much. By end of WW2 Britain had to contend with facing internal issues such as rebuilding. The world was also in a new economic paradigm (cold war) where there were Allies, Warsaw Pact and Non-Aligned nations, so the colonial model just did not work anymore.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Because they spread themselves too thin. Also ALL empires vanish after a time. Plus, people in that "empire" got angry at the idea (fomented by Rudyard Kipling) that they need the "white man's help" to be uplifted".

  • 4 months ago

    Maybe because of India? Britain had tried to colonize india.

    • Sir Caustic
      Lv 6
      4 months agoReport

      This answer *so* complements the utter vacuity of the question......

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