Nov 26, 2019 -- 5:50AM, Injera wrote:
Peace. Pax Brittanica. We came to lands where warfare had been the way of life for millennia, India and Africa. And we stopped it. We made the world into the most peaceful place it had ever been, far more peaceful than it is today. Rule of Law. Most places we arrived had no rule of law. Might was right. We put in the British legal system which gave the vast majority of people far more human rights than they had ever had before. Trade. The left spout that Empire was exploitative and merely extracted the wealth of other nations. This is a lie. Empire was all about trade, creating markets for British goods around the world whilst creating markets for global goods in Britain. And huge trade between all the different parts of Empire. This massively advanced the economy of the whole world. Infrastructure. We established and maintained the world’s shipping routes, road systems everywhere we went, and railways including the world’s biggest system, in India. Our plumbing was famous and on the Mediterranean islands we ran, Cyprus, Malta, Rhodes, Corfu, Menorca etc it is safe to drink the tap water! Education. In many nations we brought literacy for the first time and created widespread educational reform. When we found intellectual superstars we often brought them back to Britain to receive the world’s best education. Look up Srinivasa Ramanujan. The English language. The world’s language upon which so much of man’s development has been built. English is the language of trade, the language of science, the language of entertainment. A middle class. Not only businessmen and traders, Empire created a global middle class of doctors, dentists, lawyers, journalists and all the other professions necessary for an advanced civilisation. Technology. The industrial revolution happened in Britain, we invented and developed most of the technology that makes the modern world possible. And we exported much of this out to the Empire. From printing presses to steel works. Tata Iron and Steel Company (TISCO) was established by Dorabji Tata, India in 1907. Sport. The world’s sports, from soccer, through golf to tennis are the British sports. Empire achieved this. Slavery. The British led the world in trying to get rid of this. The Slave Trade Act of 1807 made the slave trade illegal throughout the British Empire, the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 made slavery totally illegal. Between 1808 and 1860, the Royal Navy’s West Africa Squadron seized approximately 1,600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans who were aboard.When Empire ended it was often not replaced by liberal democracy, instead a venal, avaricious ruling class took over and treated whole countries as personal fiefdoms. Very many countries went backwards and lots of people in the world would have preferred to have the Empire back. So far from something to be ashamed of, the British Empire was one of mankind’s greatest ever achievements. It created the modern world that we all live in and everyone owes it a huge debt for the huge advance in civilisation that it brought. The left are very wrong about this, just as they are wrong about most things.https://www.bruceonpolitics.com/2016/03/29/british-empire-good-thing/
Student discussion on that post
Nov 26, 2019 -- 12:10PM, flushgordon1 wrote:
Are you assuming my colour?
The only non white folk in Ayrshire were the ones coming out the pit.
Nov 26, 2019 -- 11:20AM, pa lapsy wrote:
Will they teach about the millions in the Indian and Irish genocides that died that was due to British rule?Not many are even aware. Should they be? Or should they just get the rose tinted specs view as in "bruceonpolitics" above.Probably a median isn't any harm.
Most of the Indians didn't die of starvation in Bengal , but of disease.
71% from malaria and 24% from smallpox
Nov 26, 2019 -- 4:17PM, moisok wrote:
the revisionists on here want to avoid any mention of any other slavery other than the enslaving of blacks for the USA and the west indies.Just wondering - anyone mention the african leaders who allowed these black slaves to be sold to white slavers? Or black slavers come to that.muslim enslavement was rife throughout the centuries - all links in with war and conquest - but be honestif you were in power, why wouldn't you. A source of labour and profit. Or prophet even.
The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders
The conquest and capture of Africans and their sale to Europeans was one of the main sources of foreign exchange for several African kingdoms for a very long time