I was wondering if any of you can think of any benefits of the British Empire? I was going to go for trade, transport and language but you could argue these are just further examples of control and imposition of a 'superior' culture onto another. I mean trade was only there to benefit Britain who told people of the Empire what to produce and paid them slave wages for it (often literally). Transport, was surely about the effective movement of goods and anyway, Britain didn't actually build the infrastructure, did it? Language; again imposing the 'better' culture onto another. There's 'demoracy' but that wasn't really the case either as the power remained in control of the British. Couldn't we argue that many of the problems of today have their roots in the British Empire?! Anyway, has anyone got one thing that the British actually gave its Empire- something it did which wasn't just another way of controlling the folks in it? Thanks for your help.
I can say that it depended upon who you were in the Empire. Perhaps if you were helping the British, you did pretty well for yourself. Also, even though the British partitioned India- many Pakistanis today are very 'proud' of their country and have a strong sense of 'nationhood'. Then, it made communication in one language across the World easier. However, again with all of these, the British didn't intend these results, did they? The intentions at the time was control, money and power. Is the old line, 'we can't judge actions on the past with our values today'? That's surely not the case as plenty of people died fighting the British,,,so they clearly weren't happy. So,,,,I don't have one benefit! Anyone?
Edited by suhaylee, 22 March 2009 - 01:00 PM.