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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 IDs: • Higher Education Bill of 2004 – A bill that would raise student fees in order to fund university education, a centerpiece of Tony Blair’s legislative program in 2004. • Bill of Rights 1689 – Declared that only Parliament could vote to increase taxes. • BBC Hutton Inquiry on the death of David Kelly – David Kelly was the former UN weapons inspector and whistle-blower who challenged a key tenet of the government’s justification of going to war with Iraq. In May 2003 the BBC dismissed the accuracy of Britain’s justification of Sadaam Hussein’s threat - Iraq’s ability to launch WMDs in 45 minutes notice - was wrong. David Kelly was the source of this BBC leak. On July 15, 2003, Kelly was grilled by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. Two days later he went for a walk and never returned – his death was ruled to be a suicide. • Channel Tunnel – The Channel Tunnel links Britain to France and more importantly serves as a significant link between the offshore island and the European continent. Historically, Britain’s island destiny made it less subject to invasion and conquest than its continental counterparts, affording the county a sense of security. The geographic separation from mainland Europe has also created for many Britons a feeling that they are both apart from and a part of Europe, a factor that has complicated relations with Britain’s EU partners to this day. • Acts of Union of 1536 & 1542 – England and Wales were legally, politically, and administratively united. • Act of Union of 1707 – Though the Scottish and English crowns united in 1603 when James VI of Scotland (James I of England) ascended to the throne and became known as Great Britain, however Scotland and England remained divided politically until the Act of the Union of 1707. • Glorious Revolution – This was the bloodless political revolution of 1688 that marked the last successful political coup d’etat in British revolution. It is significant laso because it confirmed the power of parliament over the monarchy and it also resolved long-standing religious conflict by ensuring the dominance of the Church of England. For more than three hundred years, Britain’s monarchs have been answerable to Parliament, which has held the sole authority for taxation and the maintenance of the standing army. • Queen Victoria – During her reign the British Empire was immensely powerful and encompassed fully 25% of the world’s population. Britain presided over the vast formal and informal empire with extensive direct colonial rule over four dozen continents. • Reform Act of 1832 – Parliament extended franchise to a section of the male middle class – before 1832 5% of the adult population was allowed to vote, afterwards 7% was allowed to vote. The Reform Act confirmed the social and political transformations of the Industrial Revolutions and how economic power had shifted from landowners to men of commerce and industry. •...
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSCI 000 taught by Professor Hongkong during the Spring '07 term at Mary Washington.
- Spring '07