The British Empire 1945

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Why was the empire important?

  • Gave the appearance of Britain being a world power.

The empire was the ANSWER for Britain:

RMY - provided Britain with an Indian army to control and influence events in Asia and the Middle East. The Empire fought for Britain in WW2.

AVAL - provided Britain with important naval bases to control the seas and maintain global interests.

UEZ - the Suez Canal provided Britain with a vital route to her empire in the Middle and Far East.

AR - colonies provided a possible base to attack the USSR from in the Cold War.

XPORTS - provided Britain with a huge market to export her goods.

AW - access to vital raw materials, e.g. oil in the Middle East.

Effect of WW2


 1. Economic relationship reversed: Britain indebted to several colonies as she


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