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There's a way to answer that question: Follow where telegraph cables were laid. Controlling for distance and population or GDP, if I'm right, the cables should be greater within the respective commonwealths of empires and not between them, which would imply that if a given imperial commonwealth had been historically bigger, the magnitude of transnational relationships observable in the world would have been greater too.
by santiago on Fri Sep 17th, 2010 at 12:39:21 PM EST
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