W. Churchill was the man who destroyed the BE.

Jun 2012
5,647
Texas
#3
Indeed, much of the Empire had moved to a loss position. India for example was already moving to independence and the costs of administration were outweighing the benefits.
 
Jan 2016
745
Woodside, Perthshire
#4
There do seem to be folk who want to blame Churchill for all sorts of things in which he was not involved. In another forum a long time ago, a German lady blamed the deaths of her relatives in WW2 on Churchill because ' he started the war'.
Mike
 
Jan 2012
863
the Crimea, Ukraine
#5
The story is sad. It is the fact that during ruling of W.Churchill Britain finally became just a satellite of the US.
 
May 2011
13,438
Navan, Ireland
#6
The story is sad. It is the fact that during ruling of W.Churchill Britain finally became just a satellite of the US.
Churchill was only in power for around 5 years ,during which time there was the small matter of a World War raging, the Empire took a great deal longer to decline than that.

Also considering all other European Empire declined as well perhaps there was more to it than one man.
 
Jan 2014
1,978
Santiago de Chile
#7
The man who destroyed the British Empire was Gavrilo Princip, who set out to end Serbian subservience to the Austro-Hungarian crown and managed with his assassination of the archduke to light the keg that destroyed European hegemony for the first time in centuries. It was the Great War that started the quick decline of European power, including that of Britain, not the second world war, by then the situation was untenable, politically and financially (although the second world war did a lot to hasten the end of the Empire due to among other things showing the ultimate end of extreme nationalism and colonialism with Nazi Germany).
 
Jun 2015
1,252
Scotland
#8
The seeds that would dissolve the British Empire were sown long before it happened. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries The UK had evolved into the modern liberal democracy that it is today. This required government with the consent of all the adult population and was in contradiction to a country administering a vast empire were the population had little or no ability to decide their own future.

No organisation could survive that sort of fundamental contradiction for ever. The economic consequences of the two world wars only sped up what was inevitable helped on their way by some in the US happy to see its demise. Sadly it all happened far to quickly and sometimes chaotically and the world is still suffering from the consequences today.
 
Jan 2012
863
the Crimea, Ukraine
#9
Churchill was not in power after the end of WWII when the British Empire dissolved. He was also not in power prior to 1939 so can't be blamed for the war.
Before W.Churchill G.Britain belonged to the Great Powers...after GB lost its position. And now all populists of the world claim that they read his memories with love and hopes. It looks strange, doesn't it ?
 
Jan 2012
863
the Crimea, Ukraine
#10
Churchill was only in power for around 5 years ,during which time there was the small matter of a World War raging, the Empire took a great deal longer to decline than that.

Also considering all other European Empire declined as well perhaps there was more to it than one man.
The Great Britain was a special Empire. It is impossible to compare it neither with Spanish nor with Russian one.
 

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