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I can't remember where I read this but in multiple sources I've read the saying that the "The British Empire could unfurl the winds of revolution" to achieve control over foreign resources, governments, etc.

It can be said that Germany dabbled in this art form as well by transporting and supporting Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's trip to St. Petersburg. But does anyone have a concrete British Empire example?

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This might refer to the Great Game... – Sardathrion Aug 15 '13 at 6:46
Discussion pertaining to this question: meta.history.stackexchange.com/questions/691/… – Lennart Regebro Aug 15 '13 at 10:05
I have no idea what your question is. Yes, Germany expedited Lenin's trip to St. Petersburg. How does that actually bear on possible interpretations of your first paragraph? – Pieter Geerkens Aug 15 '13 at 22:36
There's two questions. The first one is if the empire could unfurl the winds of revolution, which is a question of opinion. The second question is asking for examples of the British empire starting revolutions, and that's asking for a list, and according to the meta question, is not a good type of question. – Lennart Regebro Aug 16 '13 at 6:51
The British certainly played "Divide and Conquer" in India, though I don't know any examples of specifically fomenting revolution (as opposed to petty civil wars). Recent Middle East activities witness that fomenting revolution is a particularly dangerous game, as such have a habit of throwing up entirely unpredictable types of government and rulers. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 16 '13 at 13:32

How about the ouster of Reza Shah Pahlavi in favour of his son Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1941, by the British and Russians.

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Thanks. Do you have a reference for further research? – Andrew Kloos Aug 16 '13 at 15:44
-1 actually. There was no revolutionary movement involved or anything like that. Not even a court intrigue, just good old bullying between state actors. Not what the OP was asking for at all. – Felix Goldberg Aug 17 '13 at 8:13

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