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Moving into the Modern Age

By wintercool612
Great Britain played a role in
shaping our modern world in two ways:

• It helped develop a representative government.

• The industrial revolution started in Britain and spread.


Representative Government
Britain’s Government:

• A Monarchy - rule by a King or Queen

• A parliament - lawmakers who’s representatives


are elected or appointed (sometimes the position is
inherited)

Would you agree with these types of government?


Why? Or Why Not?
Did these advancements help
government in Europe?

Did they influence other


countries outside of Europe?
Industrial Revolution
Britain was one of the first nations
to industrialize.

• Coal was used as fuel

• Iron was used to make machinery

• Raw materials were imported and sold to and from


it’s colonies.
Since 1900
After World War II…

• Nearly all of Britain’s colonies gained


independence

• Former colonies had ethnic conflicts because


the British set up boundaries without regard to were
their rivals lived.
The Irish Question
A problem that is still here today…
• Protestant English rulers gave land to Scottish and
English Protestants
• Without land to grow food, many Irish were left in
poverty
• In the 1840s famine caused over a million Irish to
move to other lands
• In 1921 the Irish gained independence and the island
was divided into two states
• Northern Ireland had a Protestant majority and
remained part of the United Kingdom
• This caused violence that plagued Northern Ireland