The British Empire


Global territorial overview of the major powers on the brink of WWI.

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This colorful display of European imperialism shows the political status of the globe in the shadow of the looming First World War. British territory (red), though not quite at it’s fullest extent, has certainly earned the nickname, “The Empire on Which the Sun Never Sets.”

The main image also shows the complicated web of transportation and communication networks crisscrossing the world’s oceans. Lower inset maps highlight the possessions of the Russians, Dutch, German, and French empires, also.

Such an evident disparity in land, population, and resources was one source of the friction between Germany and Britain that ultimately contributed to the outbreak of the war on a worldwide scale.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1910

Author: John Bartholomew & Co.

Sheet Width (in): 18.25

Sheet Height (in): 14

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Some extraneous creasing and wrinkling along the vertical centerfold. Faint toning around the outer edges of the sheet, consistent with age.


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