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The cost of empire

Reader comment on item: Living Freely in England a Century Ago

Submitted by Richard (United States), Jul 21, 2011 at 09:50


That was a beautiful description. However what you fail to mention is that by the time Britian was approaching 1914 the treasury was hemorrhaging money due to the cost of empire, leaving them unable to withstand the combined financial shocks of WWI & WW II, which ultimately bankrupted them. Unfortunately the spending practices of the last two US presidential administrations are leading America down the same road.


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