This is coolbert:
That perception is that Americans have an ignorance regarding most history.
So too it seems are the English. Thanks to Freeper.
"Most Britons have no idea about Waterloo"
"With the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo just two months away a survey in Britain has revealed that most of the public know little about it and some even think it's just an Abba song, while many thought the French actually won."
"A survey of Britons published in the build-up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo found three-quarters knew little or nothing about it -- while many thought France won."
"The poll of 2,070 people for the National Army Museum found 73 percent either knew nothing or next to nothing about the battle, one of the most important in the nation's history."
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"'Despite the Battle of Waterloo being an iconic moment in British history, UK public awareness is dramatically low,' said Janice Murray, director-general of the National Army Museum.
An "iconic" battle and one of the most significant in history without question. One hundred years of Pax Brittanica as the result. NO GENERAL EUROPEAN WAR FOR A CENTURY. England without question a most prosperous nation and the undisputed world leader. The Victorian Age with all that means.
Also an end to the endless geo-political machinations of Napoleon and continental [Europe] strife.