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Old January 7th, 2017, 11:00 PM   #1
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Did Britain ever make an attempt to take over continental Europe


I mean a Napoleon, Hitler etc. like figure who wanted to invade and takeover continental Europe?
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Old January 8th, 2017, 12:30 AM   #2

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No. England claimed parts of France until the 1500s.
And they took Gibralter.
The garrisoned Malta, Crete and Cyprus at various time. But that's about it.

Taking over Europe required more military might that GB could muster as a naval power.
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^Besides, I do not know of any British leader which had that expansionist mentality like Napoleon or Hitler.
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No. England claimed parts of France until the 1500s.
And they took Gibralter.
The garrisoned Malta, Crete and Cyprus at various time. But that's about it.

Taking over Europe required more military might that GB could muster as a naval power.
Lost Minorca

And Ionian Islands - given to Greece as it achieved independence.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 02:19 AM   #5

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The 100 years war would be the closest England ever came to attempting to dominate Europe.
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The 100 years war would be the closest England ever came to attempting to dominate Europe.
Subsequently they gave up on that and were content to expand their colonial empire while preventing anyone else from dominating Europe.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 04:23 AM   #7

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Subsequently they gave up on that and were content to expand their colonial empire while preventing anyone else from dominating Europe.
Exactly although I think Henry VIII was the last English monarch to have a crack at restoring the old Plangent lands. He failed miserably.
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Ancient (Roman) Britain had bred several usurpers, the most famous of which was Constantine III but there were others. Constantine the Great started in Britain and actually did conquer the Roman Empire. I'm not sure if he would actually qualify as British. His ancestors were Illyrian (former Yugoslavia), and he had only lived in Britain a few years before launching his civil war against the other Roman emperors.
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Subsequently they gave up on that and were content to expand their colonial empire while preventing anyone else from dominating Europe.
But it wasn't really 'England' (although it is often credited that it was during the 'war' that a notion of being 'English' developed) trying to 'take over France but rather two Royal Houses (both of whom had their origins in 'France') arguing ,and fighting, who had the right to various bits of France and ultimately the French crown its self.

It also really wasn't new since the various Houses that had been Kings of France had been in conflict with 'England' since at least Henry II's time if not before, really stemming back to 1066 and the Norman conquest when a nominal vassal of the King of France , William the Duke of Normandy, became King of England.

His grandson Henry II actually 'owned' more of France than the King of France (and spoke French), his son Richard I only spent a few months in England, spending his time either on crusade or defending (or attempting to expand) his 'French' properties.
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^Besides, I do not know of any British leader which had that expansionist mentality like Napoleon or Hitler.
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