Jul 29, 2020
In the early twentieth century, there was an exodus out of Europe. George, my paternal grandfather, looked around England, where the family had been since the eleventh century, and decided that a national decline had begun. Although England was still very much an empire, it had fallen into the decline that ancient Rome had experienced before it. Where it had once expanded its possessions and profited from them, it was now spending millions of pounds maintaining them. The less profitable colonies were becoming a liability and the more profitable ones were breaking away.