Final Study Guide

Final Study Guide - Britain Review Questions 1. How has the...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1. How has the geography of Britain shaped and influenced its political development? Britain is an island that has only been successfully invaded once. Because it was only invaded once, outside influence has been less influential than in other mainland countries. Also because Britain is an island it never needed a large army, thus, the king did not have a substantial army to prevent a peasant uprising -because of this Britain became democratic very early in the game. 2. If the British constitution is unwritten, how does the UK govern itself? What are the strengths and weaknesses of having a system such as this? The British get by without a written constitution by referring to common law , precedent , and tradition. The UK is governed by parliament in London. The Advantages of having no constitution- extraordinarily flexible, not everything is written down. The disadvantages- no real system to protect British rights. 3. What are some of the contested identities within the UK? How has the British government tried to accommodate diversity in the UK and how successful have they been? Think of specific examples. Contested Identities within the UK- People who immigrated to Britain from the common wealth colonies (Pakistanis, People from East-Indies, and Africans), Irish Catholics, and Muslims. The British tried to accommodate diversity by allowing all members of colonies free British citizenship but this action has lead to violence and racism in Britain. So now they accommodate diversity by lowering the amount of immigrants allowed into the UK to try and make British people happy. The British have been very unsuccessful about accommodating diversity, both native Brits and foreigners are not happy, Muslims bombed a train in London in response to oppression, The IRA in Ireland used to assassinate members of British government because they were so upset with their situation. 4. What was the impact of industrialization in the UK? What role did it play in imperialization? The farmers whose land was turned private during the enclosure movement moved to the cities to find work and ended up working at the textile mills. Britain became the leader of the Industrial revolution because of its abundant coal resources. Along with Industrialization came the necessity to get more resources and find new markets to sell their goods- so in response to this incentive Britain began to conquest new lands for resources and markets (Expansionistic). 5. "What is the British Disease"? What was the Thatcher cure? Does the election of a large Labour majority mean that the Thatcher cure is no longer good medicine for Britain. The British disease was the lack of production and employment, which caused the GDP to shrink. The Thatcher cure was to cut bureaucracy, growth of welfare, and subsidies to industry. The election of the Labor Party does not mean the Thatcher cure is no longer
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PS 101 taught by Professor Parson during the Winter '07 term at University of Oregon.

Page1 / 21

Final Study Guide - Britain Review Questions 1. How has the...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online