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  • Persian Empire

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  • Roman Empire

    30 51.72%
  • Han Empire

    4 6.90%
  • Mayan Empire

    0 0%
  • Mongol Empire

    3 5.17%
  • Portuguese Empire

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  • Spanish Empire

    0 0%
  • Russian Empire

    1 1.72%
  • French Empire

    2 3.45%
  • British Empire

    27 46.55%
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    The Roman Empire, hands down, greatest empire ever. You can't even argue with this.

    Then I'd vote for French and British empires.

    French because the legacy of the Bonaparte conquests are things that are less visible today if you don't know what to look for but they are impacting us every day, like, the standardized metric system and driving on the correct side of the road. Ofc, there are many other heritages but these 2 are subtle and less known of.

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    the British empire.
    The great colonizer and spreader of civilization. It industrialized itself via the industrial revolution and civilized the world and because of its global reach, it ended slavery in 1/3rd of the world directly. And ofc, English supplanted French for the first time in the west as the international language in the late late XIXth century.



    The Brits drink, and drank, tea.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Neither were taken by force.
    What?!

    Hawaii was taken over by force in 1893.

    Hawaii - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Puerto Rico was taken from Spain in the Spanish-American War.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish...93American_War

    So.. What on Earth are you talking about?!

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    The Brits drink, and drank, tea.

    Case closed.
    You've got your priorities straight mate.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    In terms of what? Power? Influence? Length of reign?
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    I'm stuck somewhere between the British, Romans, Chinese, Mongols, and Soviets, to be honest.

    The British and Romans probably had the greatest overall positive impact on global history. They basically made the world what it is today in their respective eras.

    The Roman and Chinese empires were also surprisingly stable and long lived. However, China might be somewhat misleading in this regard, given how many times it was conquered by other peoples over the course of its history, or had dynasties collapse into absolutely devastating civil wars. China also didn't really accomplish all that much, preferring to rest upon its laurels and stagnate instead.

    The Soviets and Mongols, for their own part, undoubtedly win in terms of sheer size and military power. However, they were ultimately far too short-lived and unstable to leave much of a lasting impact.

    In the end, I'd probably chalk it up as being a tie between Rome and the British Empire.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    In terms of what? Power? Influence? Length of reign?
    Well, I suppose that's up to you. If you're having trouble deciding, I arrogantly submit my own 'empire guide in a nutshell' to each of the choices in the first post.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    I'm stuck somewhere between the British, Romans, Chinese, Mongols, and Soviets, to be honest.

    The British and Romans probably had the greatest overall positive impact on global history. They basically made the world what it is today in their respective eras.

    The Roman and Chinese empires were also surprisingly stable and long lived. However, China might be somewhat misleading in this regard, given how many times it was conquered by other peoples over the course of its history, or had dynasties collapse into absolutely devastating civil wars.

    The Soviets and Mongols probably win on terms of sheer military power. However, they were ultimately far too short-lived and unstable to leave much of a lasting impact.

    In the end, I'd probably chalk it up as being a tie between Rome and the British Empire.
    I rather agree with you, though I think that it's difficult to deal with the Rome v. Britain comparison because of the vast amount of time that separates them.

    I'm also very interested that you've mentioned the Soviet Union as a contender. I agree that by the end of World War II, the Red Army was probably the most powerful and largest army in history. But I'm not sure if I can think of their actions, either in World War II or the next 45 years as imperial per se.

    What makes you mention them?

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    Well, I suppose that's up to you. If you're having trouble deciding, I arrogantly submit my own 'empire guide in a nutshell' to each of the choices in the first post.
    Rome and Britain take the cake for power and influence, no doubt. But the Byzantines, assuming we start counting from the formation of the Eastern Empire in 330, lasted for a whopping 1123 years, despite being constantly opposed by multiple other powers, including the Persians, the Bulgars, the Arabs and the Ottomans. And if we start at the beginning of the Roman Empire in 27 BC, it's even longer.
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    I rather agree with you, though I think that it's difficult to deal with the Rome v. Britain comparison because of the vast amount of time that separates them.

    I'm also very interested that you've mentioned the Soviet Union as a contender. I agree that by the end of World War II, the Red Army was probably the most powerful and largest army in history. But I'm not sure if I can think of their actions, either in World War II or the next 45 years as imperial per se.

    What makes you mention them?
    Their actions in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, for the most part, along with their attempts to basically "convert" large portions of the developing world to Communism as well.

    Honestly, I look at the USSR (and even Putin's Russia, to a certain extent) as only really being extensions of the old "Russian Empire" of the Tsars. They all rule primarily through the merit of military force, and have fundamentally expansionistic interests in mind.

    The USSR simply happened to represent the peak of this entity's power and influence.
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    As a whole, and as for what was advanced as far as quality of living I would have to say the Roman empire. Most of the others were simply power grabs whereas the Roman empire seemed to be a new era in modernization.
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