British Empire; the British colonies
The Industrial revolution
The world wars
The Industrial revolution made the British empire a bigger power. Industrial revolution in Britain started in the 1780s and was not fully felt until the 1830s or 1840s.
The most critical of the British Industrial Revolution were the then newly built railways, which we see today as one of the cornerstones of the heyday of the revolution.
However, the railway was not the only one built of large projects because in 1859 the reconstruction of Big Ben was completed. With it, the industrial revolution not only had good things.
With it, it also had a major conflict. In step with the industrial machinery progress, many lost their jobs.