How Imperialism Affected the Middle Class in Great Britain

How Imperialism Affected the Middle Class in Great Britain

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How Imperialism Affected the Middle Class in Great Britain


In the 19th century and for a large part of the 20th century, the British Empire was so great that it was really the world superpower. アフリカ、アジア、アメリカの多くが植民地化されていた. British tentacles had spread from afar. The British concepts of culture, religion, health, sexuality, law and order have all been printed on colonized countries.

There is a considerable debate as to whether British domination over its colonies was beneficial or not. There is also a considerable debate as to whether the colonies suddenly contributed to the British economy. These two points are discussed, but very little literature is available as to the impact of the British Empire on the average British citizen.

The British Empire is a fact of history that cannot be desired. The main architects of this empire were the British middle class. Doctors, scientists, geologists, explorers, soldiers, administrators, entrepreneurs obtained an opening which would have been normally refused. This middle class was articulated to advance British interests and at the same time, they also had a reason to strive. The middle class supported the aristocracy, which in turn gave the middle classless access to the colonies to work and win. Many have also done a lot of good. We can think of Dr. David Livingston in Africa and the countless explorers and scientists who flocked to India to map the nation and create new businesses. Basically, the colonies gave the middle class of Great Britain a chance of self-expression.

The Empire inculcated a feeling of pride in the medium British. He started to feel that he was part of the chosen breed to govern the world. Thus, Kipling’s commentary on the colonies like the “white man’s burden” won the currency. For almost 100 years until 1939, which can be considered as the day of the hay of the British Empire, the average British, in particular the middle class, estimated that it was the right to govern the world. As a fallout, a lot of good has been for the colonies cannot be questioned. We cannot forget that the whole of Tibet has been mapped by courageous entrepreneurs guided by the RAJ officers.

The working class in England was not very involved in the Empire, however. With the industrial revolution that swept Europe, the working class did not have much time to think of the empire, tangled as it was in its attempt to survive. This is the reason why Karl Marx and his theory have gathered.

1939年、アドルフ・ヒトラーによる権力の統合により、帝国に最初の亀裂が現れた. Hitler lost the war, but he did enough to break the British psyche and destroy the British economy, where the holding of the colonies and the Empire has become an extremely tenuous task. The middle class cracked and Lord Attlee decided that the time had come to dismantle the empire.

In 1945, Great Britain still fed the hope that the Empire could be saved, but a strong nationalist movement coupled with a poor economy at home turned the room in favor of the dismantling of the Empire. Many in Great Britain did not realize at that time that the age of imperialism was finished and the sun had laid on the Empire.

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