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  1. Introduction
  2. The Victorian era
  3. English colonial policy
  4. Spring of Nations

London, became a true metropolis integrated into the global economy that dominates, then place over the century as a true center of the world, political capital of the largest empire the world that wish to exhibit his power.

The Victorian era is characterized by the height of the British Empire, consolidated and still wishing to expand. It is estimated that vast empire of 26 million km² of territory with more than 400 million people distributed in different forms: protectorates (Sikkim), dominions (Canada), London colonies, the political capital, then will play a leading role in this colonial empire, as a political capital that concentrates the political authorities and the Victoria influence. The latter is responsible for the revival of English colonial policy, which is illustrated in particular by expansion in Asia and particularly in India. In 1876, Disraeli, the first minister, the proclaimed Empress of India before being crowned the following year.

[...] Technological advances (steamship, telegraph) born and developed partly in London, supporting power. The port in the capital becomes the almost exclusive interface of the relationship between the nation and its colonies, especially as the dominant position of the country on the global trade that the economy of certain countries is controlled China, Argentina . This is called informal empire, still in the hands of political elites and London. Paradoxically, the country grants during this period varying degrees of autonomy to white colonies while changing their status, and then makes a pioneer in the autonomy offer. [...]


[...] Moreover, Victoria speaks at the inauguration that the exhibition aims to promote brotherhood and solidarity among peoples, as if London held the cards of the world organization. In addition, it shows the social order that prevails in the country against the rise of socialism and the Spring of Nations. Symbol of its industrial triumph, this first exhibition also aims to mark its imperial greatness and glorify it by selling many colonial products. (Material wealth comes before the cultural wealth) to show that with these English colonies, they form a powerful and remarkable. [...]

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