Originally posted by no1marauder Historically there doesn't seem to be any such correlation; Greek city states in the Classical Period, for example, engaged in almost constant warfare. The centralized Chinese Empire engaged in little outside aggression for centuries.
That's mainly because the Chinese empire, for a long time, had only deserts and jungles on its borders, not other countries worth conquering.
Originally posted by no1marauder Even if the French had no intervened at all, the British still would have had to maintain forces at home and in other colonial possessions just in case they or someone else eventually decided to.
They held India for centuries, because nobody in the rest of the world supported the rebellions there. Once Gandhi gained the attention of the world stage, England lost India.
And they lost the Rebel Colonies only after France and the Netherlands dipped their oars in - more fools us! We should've let them keep those barbarians.