8. The British Empire
8.5 How did the British Empire dominate one fifth of the world?
By the early 20th century, it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire – meaning the empire covered so much of the Earth, there was always daylight somewhere within its territory. How did the British Empire reach such a vast extent?
This lesson looks at the main events and causes behind the British Empire’s rise to dominance in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
- The chronology of key events in the British Empire’s rise to dominance in the 19th and early 20th centuries, from the start of Queen Victoria’s reign to World War One
- An analysis of which causes were the most important in the British Empire’s rise to dominance
- A look at the British Empire from the perspective of people from across the world who were asked to fight for the empire in World War One