Analysis Of Brendon Piers Decline And Fall Of The British Empire

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After the astonishing defeat in the American Revolution, British ambitions were now in doubt. The Napoleonic Wars were looming, and the Empire was suffering from the losses in the American States. Brendon Piers’ Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 gives us a sense of what exactly happened during the imperial aggressions, with accounts of anecdotal evidence that gives us a look at the reasons for the disparities of perspective. The prevailing imperial ideology was under threat of losing its global hegemony, it responded by unleashing a new age of conquest and annexation that had not been seen since the Roman Empire last ruled the Mediterranean. The constant association between British and Roman imperialism stems from the parallels…show more content…
With the constant tussle for the cape colony, settlers were brought in to establish authoritative control. Developing the settlement would prove difficult, as British colonies were prone to having an overwhelming discontent of the governed populace. Following the abolishment of slavery in 1833, Afrikaners journeyed on the “Great Trek” to the interior of South Africa were they would establish the independent republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free Sate. To appease the Afrikaners, the Empire allowed them to have autonomy over their affairs. This policy would cause plenty of havoc to the indigenous cultures, whose children were being kidnapped, their culture undermined, and their labor extorted. British Imperialism was reluctant to expand their interests further into Africa without a profitable cause, as they were already thinning their resources on a global extent. It wasn’t till Cecil Rhodes, a man described to be “ more Roman than any Englishman had ever been,” had the political privilege to attain enough wealth through the exploitation of resources in South Africa to endorse his ambition for British expansion. Being an imperial philanthropist, the ends justified the means for Rhodes who would use “every technique from cajolery to bribery,” to achieve his ambitions. Following the…show more content…
History had proven the inability for Empires to sustain themselves solely through expansion and the exploitations of conquest. The British were no different, as they strained their resources leaving them vulnerable and decaying on many fronts. Imperialism turned its page, but left behind the profiteering
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