Why Did Britain Rise to Gobal Power in the 1700's?

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Why Did Britain Rise to Gobal Power in the 1700's?

Post  CicelyS on Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:38 am

There were three main reason of Britain's rising to power during the 1700's: Location, Success in war, and favorable business climate. Their location was perfect for trade due to the fact that it is an island, surrounded by water, and this gave them advantages strategically. Their success in war was basically that they had been on the winning side of many conflicts and they had also developed a powerful navy, this helped because most rivals would only had strong armies to fight on land and not a strong navy. Favorable business climate was that England was very open to business and also had joined with Scotland. The fact that they also had the thirteen colonies in what is now USA brought economic advantages. The monarch ruling in this time was King George the third, he was an absolute monarch who wanted to extend his power to his colonies, but they were so far away that controlling them was difficult. They began to become their own controllers due to the fact that the king had never even been to the colonies. This was a big problem for Britain and eventually lead to their downfall with the American Revolution.
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Re: Why Did Britain Rise to Gobal Power in the 1700's?

Post  Mira W. on Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:47 pm

Britain had been doing great, maintaining both their power and peace in the society. Unfortunately, greed took over and destroyed the balance previous kings and queens had spent their lives building. Definitely a lesson we can learn from history. I wish current politicians would realize that they probably (hopefully) won't last with their selfishness and corruption. It would make our world a better place, but sadly it seems rulers - in any given century - seem to make the same mistake repeatedly. I wonder if this will ever change, or if we will prove Hobbes' theory concerning humans being naturally cruel, selfish, and violent true. Great review post, thanks Cicely. Smile
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