By Kenneth J. Panton

For a lot of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain used to be the dominant international energy, its energy dependent largely on its command of an Empire that, within the years instantly after global battle I, encompassed virtually one-quarter of the earth’s land floor and one-fifth of its inhabitants. Writers boasted that the sunlight by no means set on British possessions, which supplied uncooked fabrics that, processed in British factories, will be re-exported as synthetic items to increasing colonial markets. the economic and political may was once now not in response to any grand strategic plan of territorial acquisition, despite the fact that. The Empire grew piecemeal, formed through the diplomatic, monetary, and armed forces conditions of the days, and its quick dismemberment within the mid-twentieth century was once, equally, a response to the realities of geopolitics in post-World struggle II stipulations. at the present time the Empire has long gone however it has left a legacy that continues to be of serious importance within the smooth world.

The Historical Dictionary of the British Empire covers its background via a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an intensive bibliography. The dictionary part has over seven-hundred cross-referenced entries on very important personalities, politics, financial system, international relatives, faith, and tradition. This e-book is a superb entry aspect for college kids, researchers, and someone desirous to be aware of extra approximately Britain.

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Discussions with Julius Nyerere of Tanganyika, which had experienced less violence than other colonies in the region, led to arrangements for independence in 1961. In April 1960, Hastings Banda was released from prison in Nyasaland, despite opposition from Sir Robert Armitage, the protectorate’s governor, and invited to London for a constitutional conference, which concluded with an understanding that the territory would secede from the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and become fully independent, as Malawi, in 1964.

30 November: The Marxist-oriented National Liberation Front takes control in Aden, creating the People’s Republic of South Yemen. The United Kingdom cedes the Kuria Muria Islands to the state of Muscat and Oman. 1968 16 January: Britain announces its intention to withdraw all of its troops from “East of Suez,” a decision interpreted by many commentators as the end of the United Kingdom’s role as a world power. 31 January: Nauru wins independence. 12 March: Mauritius wins independence. 6 September: Swaziland wins independence.

1901 1 January: The colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia combine to form the Commonwealth of Australia and are accorded dominion status. 11 June: Britain transfers administrative responsibility for Niue to New Zealand. The Cook Islands become part of the colony of New Zealand. 28 September: Britain annexes Ocean Island. 1902 1 January: The Ashanti protectorate is declared a colony and the hinterland becomes a protectorate. 31 May: The Treaty of Vereeniging ends the Second Boer War and confirms British sovereignty over the Orange Free State and the South African Republic.

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