In a series covering, what was once upon a time the most powerful Imperial force on Earth: the British Empire, the first story introduces to you the different kinds of empires we have had in the world (and their true colours!)!
The British Empire is recognized as the single, biggest empire in the history of all and although today most of those states are independent, there is no denying the legacy of that historical episode. Stretching from Newfoundland to Africa, the Empire later invited many of those part of the Empire back then to join the Commonwealth of Nations, in an effort to celebrate what for more than 100 years was the most powerful kingdom in the world.
Controlling and influencing hundreds of millions of people, legal entities, political bodies, cultural after-effects and linguistic explorations is not simple and if you thought that was hard, imagine the challenges that lay in influencing countries like China, with superior imperial trade power so much, the country began to be regarded as an informal British colony.
Elsewhere, other European nations continued to venture out like Spain and Portugal before and some of their most precious discovery efforts were during the Age of Discovery, from Syria to West Africa and why wouldn’t it be? There was always so much competition between those and the British Empire; these competitions were because the other imperial exhibitions, some of it, had forcefully, occupied countries such as Malta and Mauritius, that were freed only because of British supervision and wars spearheaded by Great Britain, with allies, to avoid history to be as less coloured with true and “poisoned” catastrophes, as was possible!
The Roman Empire, meanwhile, linguistically a Indo-European (a branch that counts “Aryans” as native speakers) empire had conquered so many parts of the Gulf, and their legacy was felt afterwards when they set forth to chart many countries that were later to become colonies for the Empire, such as India. This was a good demonstration of might when it is always so scarce in Europe: the British Empire was also good at discovering some of it’s colonies’ neighbours but refrained from exerting imperial influence on those nations, such as Nepal and Bhutan, and this too, I have to add, was such a great display of brilliant regal power there because other Empires seem to have truly never bothered with any of this unless Africa was concerned.
There are a million reasons why the British Empire should be considered the best equivalent to the Roman Empire, any day because where political productivity is concerned, most, if not all, other Empires on the global stage seem to have truly faltered spectacularly! It might not have all the glory of talks of a Senegal River because the Nile is too, how should I put it, tough to swallow for its imperialism shades in history but in the end, it doesn’t count for much for European colonialism, when you meet the British Empire and it’s brilliant display of intellectualism, royal heritages and corporate ingenuity.