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Lecture 9 - British Politics - Lecture 9 British Politics...

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9/26/07 Lecture 9 – British Politics Outline - The Importance of History - Early Imporatnt Dates - The Industrial Revolution and its implications - The Two World Wars - Post-War Britain - Implications Review Sessions - Oct. , 6-8 pm, 105 psychology - Oct. 4, 6-8 pm, 6210 social science Movie showings - Oct. 10, 3:30-6:00, 2103 Chamberlin - Oct 11, 6-8:30 Chamberlin The Importance of History - History shapes present politics in important ways - Structures and institutions, once in place, leave powerful legacies Early Important Dates - 1215 Magna Carta - 1236: “Parliament” refers to council of barons - Acts of Union 1536 and 1542: England and Wales united - 1603: Crowns of England and Scotland unified - Act of Union 1707: single parliament replaces English and Scottish parliaments - End of 17 th Century: Glorious Revolution - Constitutional Monarchy Industrial Revolution - Dramatic internal and external changes o Involved rapid economic expansion and technological innovation - Internal changes: o Change in ways of life o Initially: economic hardship o Longer term: increase in standard of living o Very gradual expansion of voting rights/democratization
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