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What were the attitudes towards the British Empire, and the expansion into Southern Africa?

  • Politicians were eager to expand and control as much of the world as possible
  • The public were sceptical of politicians ambitious views of expansion, for example Chamberlain expected the war to be over by Christmas. 
  • Lord Salisbury clearly saw the need to 'show the Boers who was boss'

How much of the Earth's land surface did the British control in the late 19th century?


What was London's status in the world in terms of financial affairs?

It was seen as the world's financial capital

What percentage of the world's merchant ships were British?


Which century did…


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