and that makes Canada and Australia independent of Britain in what way?
The second event marked the second step in which Australian seperated their power from British authority. They thus could be considered as an independent state which still maintained a strong relationship with England. By that time, Canada also strengthened their independence and British authority had been weakened since 1867, thus in principal, they were an independent state as well.
About the Mongol maps, you have failed to demonstrate another version of another European country, thus I cannot, in principal, accept such a map as being assumed more accurate. Here is an acceptable map with the area equals to the number I posted before:
Reason, it covered at least minimum territory in Irtych river, as I mentioned. Second, the area it covered was conventionally accepted. Thus, on the eve of WWI, British Empire, with or without Canada and Austrialian territory, is still smaller than the Mongol Empire. Only after the WWI did British Empire expand their terriotry and become the largest empire in human history.
There are no textual or archeological evidence for Mongol involvement that far north, its save to assume that they controlled the silk road in the north shown in this map, which roughly coincides with the above map.
Are you really sure about this? Y/N
Edited by Boleslaw I, 26 August 2007 - 12:12 AM.