The British Empire

the sun never sets

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All Members , Moderated
Welcome to the British Empire community, the place to discuss the history of the first global power. By 1921, Britain controlled roughly one quarter of the Earth's population and land mass. Between the 16th and 20th centuries its impact was almost overwhelmingly immense and complex, and allowed for some of the darkest - and finest - hours humanity has experienced.

Members are encouraged to post topics of interest, news items, book and film reviews, and images (photos and illustrations) relating to the nations, figures, economics, culture, and events that comprised the Empire.

Some guidelines for posting are provided below . . .

  1. This is not an explicitly political forum. While the members hold a diversity of viewpoints on global affairs that no doubt influence their contributions, our aim is to examine a bygone institution.

  2. While thoughtful consideration of the nature and legacy of empire is welcome, any hatred or intolerance will not be permitted. Issues such as colonialism and slavery are to be treated with appropriate sensitivity.

  3. If posting large images or articles please use cut-tags. It's courteous to those reading posts via their Friends page. If promoting a community please explain its relation to our subject, and use text or small graphics to link, not large banners.

Other communities of interest include:

19th_century - Vice & Virture. Attracts Victoriana enthusiasts.
african_studies - Academics and activism; includes news.
asianstudies - Serious-minded scholars, good for homework help.
cartographica - Map-making from the Earth to the moon.
colonialhistory - New! For the discussion of colonization.
economics - A central issue in any discussion of empire.
lostworlds - The storytelling component of exploration.
refinement - For dandies and flaneurs, who included Disraeli.
te_lawrence - For the legendary scholar and military leader.
thegreatwar - World War I, with a diversity of content.
victorianlife - Concentrating on the cultural aspects.
ww2 - World War II. Retrospectives and some humour.

Some useful online resources are:

britishempire.co.uk - A diversity of material on all its aspects
regiments.org - Land forces of Britian, the Empire and the Commonwealth
world factbook - Learn geography and statistics from the CIA