British have invaded nine out of ten countries – so look out Luxembourg – Telegraph

Viva Brittanica?

A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe.

The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British.

Among this select group of nations are far-off destinations such as Guatemala, Tajikistan and the Marshall Islands, as well some slightly closer to home, such as Luxembourg.

via British have invaded nine out of ten countries – so look out Luxembourg – Telegraph.


4 thoughts on “British have invaded nine out of ten countries – so look out Luxembourg – Telegraph”

  1. At first this seems to almost condemn the empire for warmongering, but many of these can be justified using the logic that the United States used in the stationing of troops in Iceland.This British invasion of Iceland was something I have never heard of, however if it had not, there was the fear of German invasion. Although the Germans had no known plans of occupying Iceland until the British did so, there was the evidence that countries left unprotected were often invaded by the axis. So yes, Watch out Luxembourg, Britain likes to interfere, but maybe with good intentions. Sometimes.

  2. This article was an eye-opener, many things that I read I haven’t even heard before. But,You might find some historians disagree with your beginning account of British rule of India – mostly Britain just ignores it and assumes it didn’t happen. It wasn’t just India.
    Here is a fantastic article with Britain point of view about the issue:

    Americans have also committed many atrocities as have any of the empires of history. Britain is no different.

  3. The effects of British imperialism are as far reaching as their empire once was. It’s interesting to note that while their over zealous conquest for and colonization of the world was in many regards a global rampage – if we examine closely we begin to realize that any nations that have belonged to or currently belong to the Commonwealth are quite stable economically and politically. Countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, the Cayman Islands, and even the US were all or are currently part of the Commonwealth. Perhaps it was the British system of rule that allowed autonomy in each colony and a system encouraging the British to settle and stay in these colonies. Perhaps it was the British legal system and principles of self-governance that led to stability. Infrastructure in each colon became quite developed and each colony thrived. So before we condemn the British for their “global conquest” and colonization, I think the Brits would much rather fancy us to think of it as a favor to the world. I know I do.

  4. Just the other day I was reading an article about how there is an ongoing “westernization,” but no really “easternization” movement ( We can see Western food chains in exotic locations, but we don’t see popular Eastern restaurants popping up on our every corner. Though this is likely due to many different factors, I think the expanse of British imperialism has a great deal to do with westernization. Often, when Britain has invaded a nation or territory, they leave a part of their culture with that nation. It’s also interesting to look at how much has changed since then. Britain isn’t quite the superpower it used to be, and many nations have since gained their independence and made strides towards restoring their culture. Yet remains of British imperial rule still persists. In a global world, it seems actions have deeper consequences than anticipated.

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