Top 10 Greatest Empires

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The Top Ten

1 British Colonial Empire

It was mostly a economic empire that was built on great (money, profit and black mail) that mad it a lot more powerful, so it could grow bigger, it is currently still the biggest empire to have ever lived. It was ruling 1/3 of the land and people, if it was not for the Nazi empire its likely it would still be around today and be even bigger than what it was. Nazi empire made empires to be identified as imperial and bad, by the end of ww2 and the end of Nazi empire the British empire lost its money (it was brock), needed to re-build and the British public felt like the British empire was all bad and needed to be tacking down (from the inside out). However it was not just public demand but knowing the British money problem could get worse, the empire die because the most powerful in the British empire did not want it to all end in violence and did leave peacefully as it desalinized itself. Some places still wanted to stay colones even today but British pubic did not want an empire so ...more

Well it has been named and still is the biggest empire that lived with a 1/3 of the land and people under the British flag, and it was not just a superpower it surpass that and became a hyper nation (no Equuleus power) with the extra bones for it staid this powerful for several centres/era's E. G Victorian era, the industrial era and goes would have not started if it was not for the roman empire to even when it fall in the 20th center, but unlike most it was more controlled and peaceful breakaway that made a common wealth union that is still around today leaving its mark not just in the past but its heritage now days too. Pule I found out and this if fact The British Empire was the most freedom empire that is currently found in world history, the only law was that you had to stay British E.G. declaring war/independents, betraying the British flag or rejecting the British nationality basically going against being British and well back in those days if your not British then your apart ...more

The British Empire may have been the biggest empire in the world and its economy maybe great however one of the most important things to note is that British Imperialism killed off the wealth and prestige of so many empires. The Mughals come to mind and they took over Egypt, Malawi, Sudan, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (oh boy everyone knows that), India, Pakistan Bangladesh, Palestine, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Antigua and Barbados, Bermuda, its 13 overseas colonies, the Maldives, Burma, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Cyprus, Tanzania, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, South Africa, the list goes on and on

It basically owned the world at one point

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2 Roman Empire

The Romans were truly superior to any of the other civilizations listed here. Out of all of the civilizations listed here, the Romans spread their dominance the most, lasting 2000 something years without an major outside empire taking them out.

For their time, they were extremely advanced. This is something that most people here fail to remember. Why the people of the Germanic tribes and Brits were living in huts, and the Chinese and Japanese in Asia were living in houses made out of wood and partly of paper, and tile-roofed, the glorious Romans were living in architectural marvels.

All of the empires that succeeded the Roman Empire wouldn't have been possible if the Roman Empire hadn't fallen.

The mighty Roman Empire is definite the best empire of all time. It inspired all the other western empires on this list and its effects are still felt today. They had running water in their cities hundreds of years before London became the first to have it too in the 1800s They even had a makeshift steam engine long before the Industrial Revolution. They also last more than millennium and inspired all Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian). It's fall also kick started the age of discovery in which Columbus reached America.

By far the most influential empire of all time. Also, the Roman Empire, for the most part, was very tolerant of other religions, customs, and traditions. No other empire in history has been studied, and emulated as much as Rome. Every empire since has followed in its footprints, taking lessons from its spectacular rise to its turbulent downfall. No other empire built up its provinces the way Rome did. At its peak, Rome was probably the most stable empire of all time. And it's the only empire whose fall came about, at least partly, by peoples who, instead of wanting to bring about the fall of the empire, wanted to join in its success.

How is this not number one? They dominated for more than 2000 years, which is insane. But, at least this empire is number two - KingSlayer93316

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3 Ottoman Empire

Ottoman empire had lands in europe, africa, asia and arab peninsula. The emperors conquered Istanbul (Constantinople), Jerusalem, izmir(smyrna) and many more important cities. The emperors always treated well to minorities and managed to keep things peacefully. Now there are 64 countries established on former ottoman lands.28 of them are in europe, 14 in asia, 22 in africa.

Not to sound too religious, but it brought peace, philosophy, technologies and colorful tradition to its highest peak to places where it once ruled. Same goes to the Ummayads, Mughals and abbasid's empire. They didn't brutalize people for their religion or cultural differences such as nazi's and the romans. They brought vast development to cities in europe where the rest of it was suffering from the dark ages. And the most unique of all was the intolerance between religions was exceptional in their empire. That's what Islam teaches.

Direct and acknowledged continuation of the roman empire, lasting more than half a millennium, from central europe to deep into asia, from caucasus mountains to deep into african continent, centralised and obsessed with data management, a precursor of soviet state planning and modern multicultural, multiple legal systems coexisting, first regular full-time army, first special forces, laws above rulers, public good precedes royal family with necessary execution of potential pretenders, no aristocracy but pure meritocracy:

10/10 longevity
10/10 size
10/10 variety of subjects
9/10 supremacy of law
9/10 power
8/10 culture
7/10 trade
5/10 science

I guess one of the best

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4 Mongolian Empire

No other civilization in history saw as much success in combat as the Mongols. They are the greatest military force the world has ever seen. If you change the outcome of just one or two events they literally would have conquered the entire civilized world. No other civilization has had such a massive impact on the world in such a short period of time.

The largest empire besides the British, plus it is the largest contiguous empire, plus it kicked almost every empire's butt - jeremykloss

- They would have taken the entire world if just the legacy of Genghis Khan had passed on to 1 person instead of 4.

- Largest contiguous empire ever known.

- Anhilated 11% of the world population

- Allowed people to be spared if the generals of the nations surrendered to Mongolia.

- No racism or discrimination.

- 0.5% of the people who live today are direct decsendants of Genghis.

- Brilliant millitary warfare. Masters at expanding their empire with low costs.

- Genghis did not loose a singe battle.

- Extremly feared and respected.

- Actually managed to conquer land by themselves by brute force and not do it internal, like the british did with India.

- Filthy rich.

38/100 longevity
10/10 size
10/10 variety of subjects
100/100 supremacy of law
100/100 power
68/100 culture
100/100 trade
62/100 science
100/100 Battle Strategy

The immense size of this empire colonised at a time before modern means of travel and communication is truly amazing.

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5 Russian Empire

The Russian empire was great and it was a oppressive nation. Perhaps lenin was right but I think the Tsars of Russia were the true heros in Russian history.

Russia produced amazing literature, showing its culture. Russia was and is one of the largest nations on earth, and the elite of the Romanov dynasty had unimaginable wealth.

No one can kill the tsar. Well, except for Lenin. - SoldierOfFortune

Ruskies are just bullies. But they invented the first spaceship. Cool

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6 Persian Empire

WTF!
did you know? Persian empire is the biggest empire in the history!
just search "Achaemenid Empire" to reading about this
and the next Persian big empire is "Sassanid" empire
Persian people had all of the middle east(or more)for the about 2500 years
and just one thing (( Iranian(Persian) people don't want islamic republic NEVER! they just want republic..
and now islamic republic is really dictator for iranian

Ya. I am agree with you there are many eventual evidence that the PERSIAN (IRANIAN) empire was, is and will be the biggest empire of the world. The border was from INDIA to EGYPT. That was a big continent

You have no idea how large and powerful as well as culturally diverse this empire was. The only force that could stop this vast empire was the Mongolian army and the Islamic Arab Army during the Islamic Conquest of Persia COMBINED! Had one of those armies stood back the Persian empire could still be standing strong right now.

Persian Empire is most modern impire in history

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7 Spanish Colonial Empire

The 4th biggest empire, behind the British, Mongols and the Russians. While it doesn't have a legacy close to the Roman Empire or the British Empire. It did hold a large influence in the New World as we know it. They weren't the first European in the New World, but they were the ones that made everyone in Europe aware of the existence of a new continent (meanwhile, the vikings thought they were somewhere in Greenland). There wouldn't have been global empires the way we know it without the Spanish and the Portuguese empires.

How is the Spanish Colonial Empire behind France Colonial Empire Spain was the first to claim land if it wasn't for the Spanish it could have taken the New World a long time to be found and one thing like this could change another thing. Spread Catholicism and was a World Power until it influenced the French and English to do the same thing.

Alright clearly this goes by nationality, this is all wrong guys. The French empire was not even comparable to the Russian, british or Spanish empire! It was one of the least influencial empires seen in Europe, even the portuguese have considerably larger and more useful empire than France ever did. The Spanish Empire started the whole colony system guys, and the superpower of Europe from the 1500-1700 with nearly undefeated armies during that time. It is extremely underrated in my opinion, mainly by people who just do not want to recognize for the strength it posed (immature). Anyways it deserves to be at least in the top 6 guys, go Google about it a while guys and discover the roots of over sea empires. Hope I didn't sound like an ass but it is true guys, it was extremely powerful and has had a huge impact in the whole world like the result lf the 30 year war or the ear of jenkins war.
PS: The French empire was puny, I don't see how it made it up there guys, really.

Most spoken language globally and 2nd most spoken overall (with the first being Mandarin, which is chiefly spoken solely in China). 360 million people speak English; over 400 million speak Spanish. The first true global empire.

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8 French Colonial Empire

although they like always lost to britain they had signifacant amount of land to be on this list. - russian

Fapoleon was one of the best leaders of this empire.

9 Soviet Union

20th century communist superpower with lots of land. In 1945 it raided Berlin and ended WWII in europe. After WWII it created many important technologies such as AK47 which revolutionized assult rifles, the sattelite, and send the first man to ever be in space Yuri Gagarin and it also started building nuclear arms which made it a superpower. - russian

The first and only empire ruled through dictatorship of the proletariat! The working man was emperor here. Very glorious.

Seriously, this country (half my country) made Hitler murder himself so please vote for this

Even though I hate communism, the Soviet Union was the first to practice the system.

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10 Egyptian Empire

To say the least -- it lasted for thousands of years - invented engineering, math, and religions. You may argue all you want.

The pyramids. Need I say more?

Oldest empire in the world

It is the best empire no one fornow d know their secrets they one of greetest empire - LordOmar

The Contenders

11 Nazi Empire

Don't think, Germany is weak after Hitler, they are still able to be dangerous for whole Europe and the USA.

Well he (Herr Hitler) did transform a poor, backward indebted country into a world superpower in under 10 years, I think that deserves a vote!

Mostly got the advanced tank and war technologies.. they made the first jet engine and guided rocket and had disciplined soldier

Hitler made a broken country it into the second biggest threat after the Cold War - SoldierOfFortune

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12 Modern US

This is the worst country ever. We elected Bush! He sucked. We got lucky that the Soviets didn't blow us to the stone age

You can argue about America's moral status all day.. What you cannot deny is the US is an incredibly powerful nation both militarily and economically. The US has obtained a level of unchallenged power that maybe no one has ever had before.

Greatest nation that has ever existed having she'd more treasure & blood to alleviate suffering around the world than all other nations & empires in world history. Too bad the internet is filled with anti American trolls that reflexively crap on this wonderful bastion of freedom & liberty. God bless America.

Soviets should be afraid as us can bloe em apART

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13 Qing Dynasty China

Japan would smash China with some great American in it

Qing dynasty is a empire that covered the whole of China, partly of Vietnam, Laos, Russia, Mongolia, kygrystan and India.
China is the best warfighter country in Asia (better than Japan) it won that much land starting from only the city peking.

Widescreen eyes

Ching ching xixixxixidesu desu remove dimsum!

14 Greek Empire

The Greek empire is not a thing. Greece was divided into city-states. At no point except for the modern era was Greece truly united. However, you may be referring to the Macedonian empire which took Greece.

The Greek were the best because the were so smart. They invented a lot and the Romans stole the ideas and said they thought them up.

When people look at Rome they see many Greek influences, and even today we see many Greek influences

Alexander the Great, Byzantine Empire etc

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15 Japanese Empire

Japan was the most powerful country in Asia after the Meiji Revolution. To avoid becoming a colony, they created an Empire that includes most of the countries in Eastern and South-east Asia. No country could defeat in during the second world war until America came along.

It began in 1946 or anywhere in WWII destroying Korea then the Japanese empire started the same way I asked at the beginning.

They were really evil

Japan Was what Most POWERFUL Single NATION. JAPAN Defeated the Russians and captured them 80000 alive over 2 years of War. Again Japan defeated the British capturing 1,40,000 alive in Singapore and then Hongkong. It was British Largest Surrender in History. Actually nowadays People don't have Enough Imformation about The Ancient Japan.Remember it took Us To Atomb Bomb 2times.Honestly the US soldiers were actually afraid of Japanese and were losing the war in the Pacific. Just Search Wars in Wikipedia about The GREAT JAPAN!

16 Indian Empire

Probably means Mughal Empire or Delhi Sultanate, or maybe some ancient empires. 'Indian Empire' is extremely vague. lol

What I find ironic is that Indians moan the the Brits killed and stole. But India had lots of empires that did the same! Hypocrites.

Great empire, most advanced than any other civilizations at its peak be it social structure, education, prosperity

Evil

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17 American Empire

The american empire had a world economic influence a global military bases and a great influence in the United nations for that it means the world to me 100%world influence

I Have Never Heard Of It

The american empire means the world!

I wish it existed

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18 Macedonian Empire

Who can deny the his highness

Macedonia is not Greek. But it s nice to know some people know that.

He was the real great

Macedonian empire is also greek. - Greekmapper

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19 Tang Dynasty

The most influential period in Chinese civilization when tons of scholars from Japan, Tibet and Korea came and adopt the Chinese characters and architecture.

Chinese dynasties are underrated, the Tang at its peak covered over 10 million km squared, one of the largest empires in history.

20 Yuan Dynasty, China
21 Mughal Empire Mughal Empire
22 Ming Dynasty
23 Byzantine Empire

Tried to rebuild the Roman Empire. But failed.

Removed Kebab when no one else would

Constantinoupole the greatest city

Probably the most u defeated empire, lasted for over 1000 years, And everything the ottomans owned was made by the Byzantines, should defenetly be a top five empire
by the way guys this was also called the eastern Roman Empire

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24 Han Dynasty

Put the Han dynasty against Rome and it will easily destroy it and enslave their empire even though slavery was illegal in China.

It is the strongest dynasty in China.

25 Holy Roman Empire

The holy roman empire was united after Charles Charlemagne conquered his brothers portion of the French territory and inheriting his cousins territory in northern Italy his fathers best friend the pope crowned him king of Rome forming the holy roman empire although he died his processors conquered most of Germany and some of Eastern Europe

Weird country

THIS LIST IS CRAP!

26 Portuguese Empire

Portugal started the the age of exploration. And at the time was one of the most advanced countries in the field of exploration. Having divided the new world with Spain and by new world I'm mostly referring to South America where these countries built up on riches. And Portugal got the better half, Brazil. With that said I truly believe neither the Portuguese nor the Spanish empires should be so low on this list. Just goes to show that some people truly know nothing about history. Educate yourselves.

The Portuguese empire was very far flung, with Portuguese colonies on every continent. It was more widespread than even Spain's. Look at a map and the Portuguese language is still spoken on every continent. The Portuguese mapped the world, were the first Europeans to start global exploration and the last to give up their colonies I.E., Macau, China. The Portuguese empire was very vast and great! The Portuguese empire should be in the top 5 for sure!

Italian Empire in front of Portuguese Empire? This is about the greatest empires of all time, not the greatest country of today.

Nazi Empire? It lasted like 10 years, the Portuguese was between 1415 and 1999.

Greates emphire I water

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27 Mayan Empire
28 Italian Empire

Led by Mussolini. Ruined Hitler's plans. This empire sucks.

What about the venitian empire?

Ima Italian

29 Islamic Empire

At the time largest empire the world had ever seen and 5th largest of all time went from Spain, across North Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, and the south of Russia. Lead the world in technology with advancements in literature, mathematics, science, trigonometry, and medicine. Spread Islam across the world from Somalia to Kazakhstan. Not talked about much due to the fact Europe was in a Dark Age.

The Ottoman empire is second, but would not have been around without this. In size, it was more than five times as large as the Romans and I would say that it had just as big a cultural impact on it's people. It spread Islam (the second largest religion today) thus causing the crusades, which united Europe in a sense, and brought the renisance, which allowed the enlightenment (democracy, science, women's rights, freeing slaves, and general equality) and also made it easier for the Europeans to dominate the world, thus bringing diseases to the new world which killed 90 percent of the new world population, spreading Christianity, creating the USA and spreading technology around the world.

This greatest civilization ever to have been made as the glory of the lion's mouth has defeated the greatest empires in the world restored and prevailed in a very few years

Lol this isn't an empire you muslim scum

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30 German Empire

The Empire united by Bismarck that defeated France and Austria while being puny.

Greatest empire in history

One of the strongest empires in the world before WW1. It was technologically ahead and it had one of the biggest armies of the world.

31 Arabian Empire

Before the caliphate split up, this was the mightiest of all the empires. Honestly, the Arabian empire conquered more land than even Rome could. From Spain in the West all the way to the Russian Caucuses. Lets not forget that they were the ones to finally finish off Byzantium. Also they gave the world a great many things including the basis for modern medicine (SURGERY). While the European nations fell into ignorance and chaos, this empire endured and prosepered. Definitely should be in the top 10.

Should be number 1

32 First French Empire

This empire, set up by Napoleon Bonaparte has conquered powerful countries all over Europe: Prussia, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and the Italian peninsula! It was ruled by an Emperor, only one, Napoleon. Unlike say the Romans, who conquered barbarians, Napoleonic France conquered powerful countries (but not Great Britain). It also invited allies such as Denmark-Norway, the Ottoman Empire and for a point in time, Russia, Sweden, Prussia, Austria, Persia, Spain and the US.

Napoleon Simply started small from captain to General dictator to emperor. France had a huge army and even conquered quite a bit of russia and took moscow for like a day. This was Frances greatest period

Fapoleon is the best leader ever!

33 Austro-Hungarian Empire

Ruled over huge chunksof Eastern Europe

It's awesome

34 Babylonian Empire
35 Abbasid Caliphate

They conquered most of the world and were the richest and are the richest people

I'm just commenting because no one else commented. GO ABBASID CALIPHATE!

36 Afsharid Empire, Persia
37 Rashidun Caliphate
38 Umayyad Caliphate

Most tolerant and progressive empire

39 Chola Empire

Just Read about its and its Naval Power, roughly 1000 years before the british thought of naval expenditions.

Only Indian empire chola empire only role the foreign countries south Asian countries srilanka, subhathra
and also known sea navy powerful so called way of bengal sea is like lake of cholas

40 Israeli Empire
41 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth

They had Polish Hussars. enough said.

Battled Turkey, Sweden, Muscovy, Mongols, Germans, Teutons, Czechs yet still managed to survive and become one of the most influential country of all. Was the first to have its king elected in medieval Europe and contributed most to the creations of modern day republics. Its empire stretched over parts of 11 modern day countries establishing colonies even on the Caribbean. The Hussars could destroy armies more than 3 times the size. 'enough said...

Read some history about Rzeczpospolita.

Even though they wearn't considered an empire I still think that it needs some honorable mentions, they battled enemies that were threats to Christianity or Europe, created one of the best cavalry forces ever. One example of the Winged Hussars greatest victories was the battle of Hodow, 40,000+ Crimean Tatars vs 600-1000 Polish winged Hussars, we won with minor casualties. We were one of those countries that were tolerant and helpful towards other nation, we held fair elections ETC And even after we held our glory, during the naploleonic wars all the way to the modern era.

42 Dutch Empire

They had Indonesia, New Amsterdam (New York), Suriname, parts of Africa and ruled the seas for a decade.

43 Roman Republic
44 Swedish Empire

The dominant power in the baltic in the 1600 hundreds and had at a brief moment the best and most well trained army in the world witch enabled them to beat that times greatest power, the holy roman empire. Also the third biggest nation in Europe after Russia and France at this time. They whent from small farmer nation to a great power in just 100 years... That is impresive!

The Swedish actually deffeated the Russian empire, Poland Lithuania, Denmark norway, Holy romans, and once britain.

45 Safavid Empire

This empire was incredible. It had a thriving economy, powerful military and capable rulers such as Abbas the great. It also had a wonderful foreign policy.

This empire is amazing! They were one if the richest empires back then!

Second to the ottomans

46 Hunnic Empire

They were powerful nomadic tribe who conquerd many places

This empire destroyed the number one on this list, but it could not finish it, because Attila the Hun died :(

47 Second French Colonial Empire
48 Brazilian Empire

Only UK could be Compared to Brazilian Empire in XIX Century

One of the most powerful empĂ­reos ever,

49 Great Seljuq Empire
50 Assyrian Empire

Most powerful state in ancient Mesopotamia

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