- Aug 26, 2011
I think the British realized in the 1890s that they could no longer defend their Empire on their own. They would need Allies. Japan was their first ally. But they also began a process of "grooming" the USA so that it would be an ally when the time came. This process became known as the "Great Rapprochement"The fall of the UK over the last 100 years is incredible. I think it never recovered from WW1 although the USA was destined to overtake it no matter what the UK did. It's prob too late now to dominate any seas for trade like it used to.