- May 2011
- Navan, Ireland
I agree no one resource or factor was vital and geography was in many ways vital---- I remember reading that Dutch harbours were shallower than British making it less easy for them to develop bigger ships.IMHO, it's logical and becomes self-evident if one looks at the premises needed: resources, geography and political context.
That is iron and coal (material and energy) relatively simple to extract, relatively close and relatively simple to transport and a relatively liberal society.
GB had all that. It's also what Belgium had (it's why it punched so much higher than it's weight), in a certain degree North of France, North-western Germany, in a lesser degree AHE (Silezia, Moravia, Bohemia, Transilvania), even lesser degree Tzarist Empire. Aso.
It's odd how often we forget to look at geographic maps when we discuss history ... (that's a general remark, it's not only about this thread, or this forum)
and Britain not being a battleground was indeed an advantage.
Even if one machine had not been invented or one resource not available it was such an age of innovation another way would have been found.