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The Fall of the British Empire


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NOTE: Contains war footage

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EPISODE 1 :- At the beginning of the 20th Century Britain ruled over a quarter of the Earth's surface and its people. Britain was a nation whose trade and industry dominated the world economy. Her territories encircled the globe, from the smallest of islands to the vast lands of India and Africa. But it couldn't stay that way, the world was changing and the Empire was going to have to change with it. In the first of a three part series we look at the origins of the Empire and the first cracks that began to appear in its facade of supremacy and strength. EPISODE 2 :- The fall of the British Empire is a story of gradual decline, of the will to rule failing, of the means to rule - strength and wealth - failing. Subjects of the Empire were realizing their owns strength and seeing through the myths of their rulers. In Part two of the series we examine how the subjects of the Empire became increasingly restless and troubled by Imperial rule and how the Second World War created a world where the Empire could simply no longer exist. EPISODE 3 :- World War Two had left Britain impossibly weakened and in debt. The country was mortgaged to American money and what America wanted, America would get. And they didn't want an Empire disrupting their new vision of a global free market. In the final episode of this series we examine the last years of the Empire. From the establishment of an independent India to Britain's withdrawal from Palestine and the many other developments in between, we look at the gradual disintegration of a once thriving Empire. History teaches the fall of Empires to be progressive changes for the better. The British Empire's greatest gift to history and the future is that its like it will never be seen again.
Release date NZ
April 23rd, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Documentary
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