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- Had the claim been made that far back? Don't think so. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:00, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Decline after WWII[change source]
I know of the need for keeping it short and simple here, but the decline of the British Empire began so long before WWII that it is hard to let that stand unchallenged, as it began so early that the 1931 Statue of Westminster was a response to, rather than a cause of it, 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:04, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Do anyone really think that "Britain decided to give back nations because her work was done." ? I think that it's almost a colonialist view. In fact, if they had tried to keep the British Empire, it would have been the same, just like everywhere all around the world (look at the glorious France). According to me, Britain didn't really choose it. Do I make a mistake?
It began with the overseas colonies and trading posts set up by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. At its height, it was the largest empire in history, and the world's most powerful superpower for more than a century. By 1922, more than 458 million people lived in the British Empire, which was more than one fifth of the world's population at that time. The empire was larger than 33,700,000 km2 (13,012,000 sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth's total land area.p15 Since it was so large, the British Empire has left a large legal, linguistic and cultural heritage. Like the Spanish Empire before it, the British Empire was often said to be "the empire on which the sun never sets" because it was so large that the sun was always shining somewhere in the empire