Great Britain As A Major Employer Of The Two Concepts

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When it comes to imperialism and colonialism, Great Britain is a major employer of the two concepts. Though, at one point in history many regions of the influential country was ruled over by another. The entity which ruled over the kingdoms of England and Wales for over four centuries was the Holy Roman Empire. Julius Caesar was ruling over the Roman provinces of Gaul, (now modern day France, Belgium, and parts of Germany), as governor and military commander. After his campaign against the Germanic tribes attacking Gaul, Caesar turned his attention toward Britain. While Gaul was still out of Roman control, the kingdoms of Britain assisted Gaul in their fight against the Romans. “Therefore, in August of the year 55 BC, Caesar along with two legions of Roman soldiers crossed the English channel to the city of Dover, along the english coast. When the Romans reached Dover they were encountered by a large force of British warriors, the Britons, who after a small conflict sought peace with the Romans.”(Dawn) Though, due to a disastrous storm his first visit to Britain was unexpectedly short. The following year Caesar returned with a greater force than his during his previous expedition. Again Caesar encountered the Britons and just like last time they were overcome with ease. A few days after his encounter with the Britons another storm, like the one he encountered the previous year, hit the English coast. The storm forced Caesar to cease his advance into Britain in order to protect his ships. “While the Romans protected their ships, a new commander of the Roman opposition, Cassivellaunus, took power. Many of the other British tribes did like Cassivellaunus, as a result six British tribes switched their allegiances to the Romans. Caesa... ... middle of paper ... a Roman one.”(Ibeji) The Romans are viewed as a monolithic dictator that imposed itself on an unwilling people and dictated how they lived,worshiped and spoke. Though, the Romans brought order and a unity to England and Wales that had never been seen before. They also did not make completely abolish the religion of the people of Britain, but instead merged their religion with the Romans religion. ‘Yet perhaps Rome 's most important legacy was not its roads, nor its agriculture, nor its cities, nor even its language, but the bald and simple fact that every generation of British inhabitant that followed them - be they Saxon, Norman, Renaissance English or Victorian - were striving to be Roman. Each was trying to regain the glory of that long-lost age when Britannia was part of a grand civilisation, which shaped the whole of Europe and was one unified island.’(Ibeji)
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