a reply to: droid56
All empires exploit, take and enslave, some do however give back.
Rome was a nexus of knowledge, a melting pot of idea's and indeed despite it's many and truly heinous crime's it was still a force for good and the
PAX ROMANA - the roman peace meant that during it's period of control and law the population of all it's people's free and slave exploded, people
multiplied as peace forced or not meant that inside the empire at least war's were stopped by the imperial legion's.
They however left a mixed legacy of good and bad.
The British Empire did indeed do many bad thing's but unlike the Roman Empire it was not entirely an Empire of Conquest.
For example Britain never actually invaded or Conquered India, instead the East Empire company and it's mercenary army were most often invited into
many of the provinces and country's many of which were actually independent monarchy's and often the people would line the street's of the indian
city's actually cheering on the British led mainly Indian mercenary's as they entered these region's, there reason for this joy at the arrival of the
British was that the British brought law, proper court's and an end to the Tyranny and torture used by the Muslim overlord's under whom the majority
of the Indian people's had suffered.
There too under British rule the people multiplied, instead of just road's the British brought the train and the industrial revolution with them.
Many places in Africa the British did good as well, compared there legacy to that of the Belgian's to see the extreme opposite between good and bad,
unfortunately despite the imposition of school's, infrastructure, law and government when the British Empire withdrew finally after WW2 the result was
the return to tribal nationality's within many of these former nation's, Kenya is a success but other places not so much so.
Evil action's of the British empire, making William Blye the infamous captain of the mutiny on the bounty fame governor of new south wales
(Australia), he was a cruel and tyrannical man hated by most that knew him.
Seeing the Australian natives as sub human were in Africa they believed in the White man's Burden, there christian (Peculiar Victorian British
interpretation of it) duty to educate, civilize and advance the African people's were as in Australia it was more about wiping them out, there were
sadly even an entire aboriginal Australian family, murdered, skinned and stuffed then put on display by those whom believed rather in Evolution and
interpreted the Australasian people's as a more primitive and less human species, of course they ignored all those kid's of mixed marriages also.
Another evil of the British Empire was it's strict class system, a hierarchy of caste that was only partially shrugged off after WW2 but which is
today being restored by the Tory's, one in which the poor knew there place or would be whipped back into it and the rich were lord's over all they
But I truly don't think it is simply as clear cut as good and evil, all empire's have both.
The Indian mutiny was an uprising by Madrasa (Asian - Pakistan, Afghan and India) Islamic Schooled muslim jihadist's, they once promised safe passage
to the English civilian woman and children of a beleaguered and besieged east empire army (Indian Army under East Empire company control - mercenary)
fort but then as they drifted past on the boat's they instead raped and murdered them all, this was the only time the British government sent the
Actual British army to India and unlike the Indian Army soldier's these true professional soldiers quickly and efficiently if ruthlessly put down the
All Empire's commit crime's but all empire's also stop other's from doing pretty much the same as they are doing, if it had not been the British OR
the French (Slightly less) with there far more humane policy's it may well have been the German's whose imperial period was rather short or by far the
worst of all the Belgian's with there utterly inhumane treatment of those they DID conquer.
So I would say that the British Empire by balance was actually MORE good then evil but some of the thing's it did and/or that were done during the
Imperial episode were indeed very evil while other's were both enlightened and indeed very good.