January 29, 2008

GET THE END OF HISTORY RIGHT AND THE REST FOLLOWS:

Britain's worst year (Ananova, 1/28/08)

A new study says that 1812 was the worst year ever for Britain.

We had been at war with France for nearly 20 years which pushed taxes to record levels, while a series of disastrous harvests meant the cost of living had never been so high.

Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was shot dead in the House of Commons and America declared war on us in a dispute over trade with France.

King George III was mad and his unpopular son George, later to be George IV, ruled as regent.


And the national debt would hit over 250% of GDP by the time they'd defeated Napoleon. So how did the next two centuries work out for such the prostrate hegemon?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2008 7:57 PM
Comments

And they did it all with sea power. One cqn almost hear Napoleon's naval chief boasting, "I won't say that the British cannot come, only that they cannot come by choo-choo train."

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 30, 2008 4:42 AM
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