The Empire at its Height


The Interwar years saw the British Empire physically reach its largest ever size - especially after the acquisition of German and Ottoman colonies. However, the expanded empire was something of a paper tiger as Britain had exhausted much of its economic power in waging the First World War and was in a far worse economic position than had been the case in the previous century. It was soon obvious that Britain's Empire was beginning to decline in power and influence despite its size and extent.


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