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What is the greatest Empire of all time? As in what empire accomplished the most and left the greatest legacy on our world? Great doesn't necessarily have to mean good.
Also explain why you think so.
The British Empire.
Second largest in land area at its apex and the world we live in today was most shaped by the Brits. From language, to systems of government, and economic systems...even the worlds current power the US is a spinoff and legacy of the British Empire.
Second would be Rome.
The Greeks laid the foundation for Western Civilization, but it was Rome that spread it and improved upon it. Roman ideas, government systems and religion made their mark on Europe till this day.
Also it was the Romans that turned Christianity into the religion of the West.
These were the two empires that most shaped the West, and since to date the West is the civilization that has had the greatest impact on the rest of the world it's hard for me to see an argument against them as tops in history.
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I would say the Tang Dynasty of China. This was arguably the height of Chinese development and invention, it featured the first Chinese female emperor, featured incredible expansion of the trade of silk and other goods to the rest of the world, and it featured (arguably) the height of leisure and play activities prior to the 20th century.
I'd agree with this. Two things, though. It's funny that you mention language, as the English language was developed from Germanic tribes, Norse invasions, and the Normans conquering England, and little to do with native Britons. However, I see what you are getting at.
Second, I would say that, while the Romans did improve on the foundation of Western civilization, they didn't improve on the "ideas" of the Greeks. Math, philosophy, etc. from the Greeks still stands to this day, while no one (except some specialist academic) studies Roman philosophy outside of maybe Cicero.
Britain is a good one. I'm actually not sure where to put them so I am going to leave them out. Their true influence is still yet to be seen IMO.
1. Rome- Greatest civilization the world has ever seen. They invented way too may things to list. It's Rome and everyone else IMO.
2. Mongol (Genghis Khan)- Largest empire in the history of the world. 8% of all Asian men are related to Khan due to his ridiculous breading.
3. Han Dynasty (China)- Great time period for this region (400 years). A large group of Chinese still consider and call themselves Han to this day. They were the Rome of Asia.
Most influential- Greek
Most Badass- Mongols
Most useless- Portuguese
Most timeless- Roman
Most annoying- British
No love for the Russian empire? Had to be one of the largest.
Wartime empire would be another vote to the Mongols. One in every 200 Chinese people have Genghis Khans DNA in them. That is a LOT. of raping and pillaging.
After that I would debate USA. No empire in the world has done more for the greater good. We get dogged for Afghanistan constantly but look how much we have sent in foreign aide... That and back to back world war champs!
It is a solid argument to put Rome first, but I still think the British were better.
As for the Mongols, it was large and that's pretty much all that can be said for it, it has almost no legacy that persist to this day. It also was very short lived, not even a century.
The Han Dynasty was the Rome of Asia, but outside the Orient it has very few lasting impact or effect on anyone anywhere else.
I think you are short selling the British pretty badly. Good or bad they have had the greatest impact on our world today, hell a significant portion of the countries that exist today were created by them when they drew up the lines.
Just my opinion though.
I don't see how they were annoying. I mean you live in a country that exist as a result of the British Empire.
The best thing Britain gave America was the ideas of John Locke, otherwise, while a great empire, I have nothing but disdain for them.
The British Emprie. It was the largest the world has ever known. They are a relatively small island nation and they conquered the world and mastered trade.
"The sun never sets on the British Empire."
While the Greeks did give us a lot, they weren't the most influential.
The entire world speaks English because of the British. They set up Canada, the US, Australia, NZ, and showed the Chinese how to trade. They modernized warfare. They gave us the industrial revolution.
Common Law, and despite popular belief our system of government is largely based on the Westminster model.
Not to mention again that they literally shaped the World we live in. The British were more egalitarian, notice I only said more so, than any other country in Europe, they also had the most fair Judicial system and they did the best at keeping the power of the Monarchs at bay. It was the most stable and well governed society in Europe at the time and probably even today.
The also conquered all the major powers outside if Europe in their day and had a further reach than anyone has ever had.
And I didn't even mention the Industrial revolution which started in Britain...they changed the world...all of it.
I didn't know that people thought that common law didn't come from England. Of course that did. And I understand the great things they did as an empire and technologically, but practically all my family comes from Belfast and Ireland in general and lived in terror for years at the hands of the British. So I acknowledge their standing as an empire, but I have no love for the
I guess Great Britain was just the better Island. Lol.
Maybe, but as history shows once Britain was ever met with a man or men of conviction they were brought to their knees or forced out. Michael Collins, our founding fathers, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, etc. History has often repeated itself in that regard.
The Mongol Empire, IMO.
The Mongol Empire is the largest contiguous empire in history.
They were ruthless people with one of the strongest Military ever.
Hard to argue Rome and the Brits though.
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Da-German/Nazi circa 1930ish-45ish. The damn history channel has another bazillion moar episodes scheduled to show how they either planned or actually innovated some new, way before their time supa-dupa; laser, machine gun, rocket, jet plane, time machine etc..
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Always pushed for other countries to keep their markets open.
Helped crush Fascism with the help of the Commies
Then turned on the Commies and eventually crushed them, thus uniting almost the entire world under a single economic system
Decided national self-determination and autonomy was a good idea and made everyone do that, but have since kind of backtracked from it to a more "Do whatever the world bank says b*tch)
Our multinational corporations, with a few other ones thrown in, pretty much own the world and the hearts and minds of people everywhere
Our money is everywhere, I think like 2/3 of US 100 dollar bills reside in other countries.
We built Japan and helped rebuild a lot of Europe post WW2 and are slowly building Iraq
Our GDP is over double that of the next largest economy, and almost as large as the entire European Union.
Also, probably enduring country founded on an ideology and not on some sort of ethnonationalist basis.
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I'm gonna go with the OGs, the Sumerians and Akkadians.
I'm going w Alexander and the Macedonians.
No mention of Persians or Ottomans.
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The Vikings are a vastly underrated group from history.
They had no claim in the discovery, like always they just bullied themselves into the picture. All they cared about was aquisition, right there with Alexander IYAM.
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