Rush Limborg wrote:
I dunno...I'd say the Victorian Era was pretty peaceful....
You would be erroneous. The Victorian era and the years immediately before and following were marked by such human rights abuses as the British Raj; the horrific abuses of King Leopold of Belgium in the Congo Free State
; famines caused by British economic policies in territories they had conquered
; the wars of conquest, forced relocation, and extermination waged against Native Americans by the U.S. government; the extermination of the Tasmanian aboriginal people; the conquest, occupation, and mass murders of the inhabitants of the Phillipines by the United States; the genocide of the Herero and Namaqua peoples
by the German Empire; the conquest of the Caucasus
by the Russian Empire; the exploitation of child labor and the poor; and the violent wars of Italian and German unification.
The so-called Pax Britannica
was nothing of the sort.