Pax Britannica

Disciplines: History, Latin, Political Science

Latin for "British Peace", meaning the era of relative peace in Europe during the period of British imperialism which started with the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and ended with the outbreak of the World War I in 1914. The era is marked with unchallenged British sea power.

The phrase is derived from Pax Romana, the Roman Peace.

Similarly phrased relative peace eras in history, in chronological order, include Pax Romana, Pax Mongolica, Pax Ottomana, Pax Hispanica, Pax Americana, and Pax Europaea.


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