GREAT BRITAIN: Decline or Fall?

In the 20th century, the vastest empire of all is challenging the ancient historical cycle of rise, decline and fall. Great Britain hopes to accomplish this feat by an agile balance of yield and hold; and by shifting from an imperial dominance-by-one to a Commonwealth partnership of all. Can the British succeed where all other empires have failed?

Last week the question was agitating Africa, the last stronghold of empire, where Britain still holds sway over 4,600,000 square miles and 65 million people.

At best, the British in Africa seek slowly to guide...

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