Wikipedia:WikiProject British Empire

Welcome to the British Empire WikiProject.
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An anachronous map of the British Empire

The British Empire WikiProject was formed in order to foster better articles within its scope with a spirit of cooperation. The participants are a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the British Empire. This WikiProject is modelled on Wikiproject Commonwealth realms and was started in June, 2008. It is our hope that this project will provide an amicable atmosphere in which the efforts of interested Wikipedians can be focussed. If you would like to help, please inquire on our talk page and visit our to do page.

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What is the British Empire? Edit

The British Empire in 1897, marked in the traditional colour for imperial British dominions on maps

The British Empire was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. It was a product of the European age of discovery, which began with the maritime explorations of the 15th century, that sparked the era of the European colonial empires. By 1921, the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, approximately one-quarter of the world's population and about a quarter of Earth's total land area. As a result, its legacy is widespread, in legal and governmental systems, economic practice, militarily, educational systems, sports, and in the global spread of the English language. At the peak of its power, it was often said that "the sun never sets on the British Empire", a phrase that is still true even as of 2018, because its span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies, protectorates, territories or subject nations.

During the five decades following World War II, most of the territories of the Empire became independent. Many went on to join the Commonwealth of Nations, a free association of independent states. See also Wikiproject British Overseas Territories.

Aims Edit

  • To provide guidelines and recommendations for articles that describe all aspects of the British Empire.
  • To improve Wikipedia's coverage of the British Empire by creating, expanding, and maintaining such articles.
  • To serve as the central point of discussion for issues related to the British Empire on Wikipedia.
  • To create a consistent look and style for each page within our scope.
  • To fight vandalism on articles within our scope by patrolling recent changes.

Participants Edit

Anyone can help with this WikiProject. All we ask is that users be registered, and are familiar with Wikipedia's various policies and guidelines.

Follow the steps below to add yourself to our list of participants!

Add yourself to our list of participants here.

Add your name---> the date and time---> and your special interests....and you are an official member!

User Time and date Relevant interests and specialist knowledge Status
Cameron (Co-founder) 19:30, 19 June 2008 (UTC) Lists of monarchs, British government, British monarchs. User
MichiganCharms (Co-founder) 19:31, 19 June 2008 (UTC) Dominions, colonial governments, economics, etc. User
Rrius (Co-founder) 06:22, 20 June 2008 (UTC) Early empire, colonial government and governance (especially US, Canada, and India) User
Commander Zulu 11:16, 20 June 2008 (UTC) Firearms & Military of the British Empire User
The_one092001 23:58, 21 June 2008 (UTC) Military history, WWII, Pacific Expansion, Grammatical clean-up User
Gazzster 14:23, 22 June 2008 (UTC) Politics, constitutional development, Australia, religion User
Jim Sweeney 06:41, July 14 2008 (UTC) Military History User
Thesocialistesq 04:04 June 28 2008 Copyediting, titles and forms of address, politics and governance, the early 19th century. User
Skookum1 14:08, 2 August 2008 (UTC) Fur trade-era and colonial British Columbia/British North Pacific, conflicting imperial claims/disputes in that area etc., related native and Western US history User
TharkunColl 21:38, 7 August 2008 (UTC) General British Empire history User
Phunting 02:50, 2 October 2008 (UTC) Fiction, general British Empire history User
Taifarious1 23:17, 8 October 2008 Specifically New Zealand, the topic of republicanism in both New Zealand and Australia, but the commonwealth in general and some work on Government Houses of New Zealand. User
Darkshark0159 15:13, 20 October 2008 General British Empire history User
Simon Harley 16:50, 7 April 2009 (UTC) Royal Navy late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. User
Goldblooded 3rd Novemeber 2011 Scramble for Africa in the 19th century, Aftermath of WW1/2, Suez Crisis and subsequent decolonisation User
NotOnIsraPal 00:50, 28 May 2012 I did, and am continuing to do, the Mau Mau Uprising article; also the related Chuka massacre, and migrated archives. I'm interested in all aspects of the British Empire. User
Knight of Gloucestershire 29th June 2012 British Monarchs, British Hong Kong User
teb00007 21:20 27 July 2013 History of the empire, particularly Australia, Canada and New Zealand User
Nford24 1536 AEST 3 January 2014 Empire history, Monarchs, Australia, New Zealand & the military of the Empire User
adamblack93 01:13, 4 May 2014 (UTC) History of the British empire, particularly the Royal Navy and the empire's military. Also the Falkland Islands and the colonies of the South Atlantic. User
IseeEwe 04:36, 10 August 2014 (UTC) WWII military User
Grant 10 September 2014 History (especially historiography/theory, social, economic and military); Politics (e.g. ideologies, political economy, constitutional law, international relations); Philosophy Administrator
Dowcet 05:10, 30 Dec 2014 (UTC) Economic, social and environmental history of British Malaya; Tropical commodities and agriculture User
Presidentman 14:23, 25 April 2016 (UTC) Monarchy, politics, and military User
Exemplo347 00:26, 04 June 2016 (UTC) Victoria Cross Recipients of the 1857-1859 Indian Mutiny User
Robert Brukner 00:26, 04 June 2016 Military history, archaeology, historiography, philosophy of science User
A Guy Into Books 20:12, 17 August 2017 (GMT) Law, legal and constitutional history User
Failosopher 22:45, 27 September 2017 The East India Company & the Quit India Movement User
Sullay 21:59, 23 July 2018 Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate, British West Africa User
UnknownBrick22 23:35, 27 December 2019 Geographical and military history of the Commonwealth Realms & Dominions; the monarchy; British Imperial flags, arms and heraldry User
Sm8900 05:25, 17 January 2020 (UTC) Interested in political and military history of this era, as well as present-day Britain and British Commonwealth Project Coordinator, WikiProject History
Nitesh Yadav 4:18, 17 April 2021 (IST) British Empire in South Asia User
Siegfied Nugent 6:33, 17 September 2021 (AEST) General British Empire, though specialise in Africa, Asia and Oceania - particularly Australia and New South Wales. Current focus on Rhodesia. Governors, judges, administrators, colonial politicians. User
DDMS123 06:35, 27 April 2023 (UTC) General British Empire history and monarchy User

Scope Edit

For a list of the articles deemed most important to this project see Wikipedia:WikiProject British Empire/Important.

The project generally considers any article related to the British Empire to be a valid topic. A simple (but accurate) way of checking which pages are within our scope is to follow click "What links here" in the "toolbox" section of this page. The scope template is added to pages within our WikiProject. Anyone may add an article to the scope, provided they are sure that it is relevant to the project. An article may be in the scope of multiple WikiProjects. Where this is true one should be sure to contact the other WikiProjects too so as to avoid conflicts. If you are not sure whether to add the template, propose it at the talk page first.

Templates Edit

For templates relevant to the British Empire see this page.

  • The scope template: This template is used to add articles to our project's scope. The scope template can be found here.
  • The Userbox: The userbox may be used by anyone who is a member of our project. Using the userbox helps people to identify Wikipedians as members of this project. The userbox template can be found here.

Other Edit

To-do list Edit

Things to do Edit

  1. Attract more members!
  2. Discuss what should be included, what not, or how to organise the information.
  3. Discuss how to section large articles.

Please also view our talk page for up to date discussions!

Members we need Edit

This Wikiproject needs people who are interested in the British Empire, and are willing to improve Brtish Empire related articles. We also need spellcheckers, reference consolidators, copyeditors and admins.

Articles to create Edit

  • Need more articles concerning British Colonisation of the South Pacific lands.

Articles that need attention Edit

Feel free to add an article to the list or discuss on the project talk page.

Sandbox Edit

  • You can experiment with edits and put up links on the discussion prior to them going "live" here.

Important Edit

  • A list of the articles most important to the project can be found here.

Resources Edit

  • A list of helpful websites and other resources can be found here.

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Assessment Edit

Current status Edit

Below is a bot generated table stats are generated automatically every 2-3 days, but they can be updated manually by entering British Empire into the box here.

This log shows new and changed assessments, and is updated by a bot every few days.

Tools Edit

Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.