What are the most significant lessons that our world today can learn from the rise (1497-1815) of the British Empire? I am suppsoed to do an essay on this, and that is the main theme/topic. I am...

What are the most significant lessons that our world today can learn from the rise (1497-1815) of the British Empire?

I am suppsoed to do an essay on this, and that is the main theme/topic. I am looking for a thesis and three supporting points (reasons). Any additional info would also be helpful.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would focus on the fact that it was Britain's fierce navy that allowed it to be sucessful enough to build the British Empire. It was also Britain's miserable climate that pushed people to explore. From this you can gather some lessons for today's world. Power comes from strong transportation and an even stronger motivation.
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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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It may be helpful to study the events that led to Britain becoming the world power that it was.  Interestingly, your end date of 1815, the end of the Napoleonic Wars, was  the beginning of Britain becoming the "superpower" of it day, lasting for just about 100 years until the conclusion of World War I.  This time was roughly defined by the "Victorian Era."  Back around 1500, England experienced a sudden increase in population, causing the establishment of colonies in the New World and Asia, which expanded trade and commerce. The Reformation divided the population within the country; many emigrated its colonies to escape religious persecution.  Becoming the dominant sea power by the late 1600's insured England's influence would continue to expand worldwide.  With increased trade,  capital became available and technological innovation led to the Industrial Revolution, and the standard of living continued to improve.  However, many colonized under English Rule desired autonomy;  This was actually a phenomenon presaged by Richard Hakluyt in the 1570's, when her urged England to become a colonizing power; almost all of England's possessions became independent countries by the end of World War II.  The world as we know it is due to the rise of the British Empire, which led to the rise of the American Empire.  As much as Great Britain dominated the 18th and 19th centuries, so the United States has dominated the 20th.  A careful review of it's history may show parallels between the two nations, and your "lessons learned" may be derived from there.

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