The World Stage

  • Brian Spittles
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The paradox of confidence and doubt occurred because as the British Empire expanded to cover the greatest area of the globe, and the largest number of people, of any imperial range known in human history, those very facts meant that it created more jealousy and was vulnerable to attack in more areas than ever before. Pride of achievement was tempered by anxiety about holding such an increasingly complex system together in the face of intensifying competition.


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