Closely connected to the opium wars, is of course, the rise and fall of the British Empire.
From the humble beginnings of the British East India Company, the international slave and opium trade. By the end of the 19th century, nearly 1/5th of the worlds population were under direct British rule.
Having successfully conned the Americans into thinking they had acheived independance from the British monarchy everything was looking stable.
Then the boar wars happened at the end of the 19th century and it was downhill all the way from there.
By the time 1914 arrived, distain for the British monarchy was being fostered globally, industrialisation was breading a whole new generation of wealth not controlled by the old families, and they really didn’t like being told how to live.
While the two world wars are often framed as a brave British battle to stop invading evil hoards charging on England.
In truth they were mostly a local rebellion against the worlds monarchies, and a vicious retalliation by those families desperate to cling on to power.
All this was kept from the English public, turned into a global war and pummeled disinformation by the BBC (stolen from its founders in 1927 by the British royals).
Which is where everything you know about the British role in world war two seems to stop being true.
I find it fascinating that The British Royals are/were actually a sub branch of the european mafia family known as the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. I find it far too much of a coincidence that the main palace of that mafia family is in Brussels, just accross the street from the European parliament building.
Worth considering the meaning of that, As England prepares for King Charles.