The History of the British Empire

The British Empire was, at the height of its influence, the most powerful empire in history, and was the chief global power for over a century. Beginning their quest at the end of the fifteenth century, Britain only reached the peak of its control during the twentieth century. The lasting impacts of this empire can be seen in the form of popular sports such as soccer, rugby and golf, the use of the British parliamentary system and in the spread of the English language throughout the world. In this video, explores the rise, dominance, and fall of this one-time world empire.

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