Best Countries of 1900

The best countries of 111 years ago (and counting).

The Top Ten

1 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is more.

The United Kingdom is one of the greatest countries in the world; it prides itself on it's military and it's huge influence inside the United Nations and it's former trade market group, the European Union. It's financial capital, London, is also the richest city in the world; it is the Global Centre of the world.

Incomprehensibly large economy, navy, and population. Countless Imperial territories. London is the financial capital of the world at this time. A relatively small but professional army, hardened with experiences from the Boer War. Immense control over global politics and communications that would become vital in defeating Germany and Austro-Hungary in the coming years.

United Kingdom had the largest navy and empire the world has ever seen, also the most industrialised nation of the time

Biggest Empire in the world and won 2 world wars with some help

2 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. more.

Germany was a lesser powerful country entering the twentieth century, but however, it exceeded the British Empire in strength, rather than size. In World War One, Germany was outnumbered and outflanked, but it stood firm. The only reason it was 'defeated', and this is a fact: Germany surrendered because it thought peace was available through Wilson's Fourteen Points. When Germany was the Prussian Empire, they took down Poland. When Germany became the later Nazi Regime in World War Two, it had been outflanked by the Allied Countries, and itself and Japan, but Japan was too far away. Nazi Germany held out and was crushing the Soviet Union, and was developing advanced technology, such as the missile, and the atomic weapon. But however, USA got to it first since Einstein went to it and crushed Japan. Germany still shows it should never be underestimated through these two wars,

Germany had 13.5 million solders throughout all of what world war 1 most of which died during(or injured) during the war. Also it had a small empire, Britain was far bigger as was France and Russia, even in A Europe Russia was bigger. It also was not at war with the Netherlands in world war 1. It was at war with Russia from 1914 at that time too.

Germany is obviously the most powerful country in 1900. Although its size makes it smaller than US, India, and Russia, Germany held down, although being vastly outnumbered by enemies in numerous fronts. Then, in the 1930's, they formed the Nazi Regime, which is worse but more powerful. The Germans conquered Poland twice and booted Russia and the Soviet Union back to their stronger areas. They already got United Kingdom near bankruptcy during WW2, beat against that small island, and started attacking US naval ships and other Eurasian rivals. The mighty Germans showed that size does not always matter (Like they took down the world's largest nation: Russia).

They had the strongest military of the world, no wonder that they won against Russia and fought against Superpowers like France and Britain nearly ALONE.

3 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the more.

In 1900s USA has the best entertainment in 1970s to 2000s

Usa is best now

Yes it's right

United States has the industry and colinies to make it the best power and is still the greatest.
With greatest military since 1945.

Laugh out loud that's not true and the usa never had any colonies and also no industry in that time. The usa was poor and was afraid of Europe. Nothing true or makes any sense in your comment.

4 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. more.

Do you people even know what you're talking about? India was ruled the United Kingdom. It was not a country yet. - Bturlik

I love my India

It was because of UK that India was ruined or else India would have been the super-power of world

it was.. because of the Englad, coz' had ruled india nearly 200 years that's the reason India was the developed country at the time

5 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, more.

China have always been very smart and have overtooken all countries in all areas. In other words they are the best. All though New Zealand is second.

Best country ever and always will be the awesome country

The Qing Dynasty owned China then, it wasn't modern day Peoples Republic of China

1900s the olden days china was the best

6 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. more.

It is has the best empire in Asia

We controlled most of Asia

7 British Empire

Includes India, Australia, Canada, half of Africa, parts of China, as well as antarctic claims. This should be first big time. The pax britannica was during this period, no other country even came close to britain in terms of everything. The population was even greater than China. This was the height of british dominance of the world. - Bturlik

8 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

A great Republic after having been a great Empire.

9 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately more.
10 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. more.

Russia had the most powerful army in that era

Russia was the greatest country in the world. Respect to Russian Federation! And hope that we will rise again

Best country ever

Strong country.

The Contenders

11 Austria-Hungary

Germany did NOT have 13,000,000 soldiers. In fact they had about 4,500,000. Britain was weaker than people think with only 800,000 and France had 3,500,000. Austria-Hungary had 3,500,000 experienced soldiers and one of the top 5 wood producers in the world. They were also in the top 5 for industrial strength.

Austria-Hungary was at least one of the top 5 most powerful countries... Although it was steadily crumbling because of the many ethnicities and cultures living together and the slavs begging for freedom eveb though they just ended up in bondage again. (Yugoslavia, Soviet Union)

12 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.
13 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, more.

At the end of world War 2 cAnadarko was a superpower with the likes of America and Russia

14 Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman was in decline for a long while but it was still formidable and owned an Empire from Greece to Saudi Arabia, it fielded nearly 3 million solders throughout the war and was still hard to beat.

15 Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. more.
16 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.
17 Dutch East Indies

Would later be known as Netherlands. - booklover1

18 Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. more.
19 Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. more.

Nepal has been an independent nation and was not controlled by any bigger nation that shows its supremacy. - Lunatic

20 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are more.
21 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.
22 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.
23 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. more.
24 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.


25 First Philippine Republic

Philippines for the win!

26 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.
27 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world but arab, african and east asian communities still can be found. more.
28 Korea
29 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

As we are speaking of 1900, it's perhaps time to remind you that at that time Belgium with its coal mining, steaming power was the second world economy just behind the UK. That's in Belgium that the first European railways were created after the UK

30 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.
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