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and people family young (hapter3:T0DAY:PROFILE A UK Population The nations regions UK and ofthe Religion Customstraditions and (hapter4: THE HOW UNITED KINGD0M G0VERNED 15 The British Constitution The inEurope the UK and World (hapter NEEDS 5:EVERYDAY Housing Services forthehome inand Money credit and Health Education 7 8 10 13 17 21 73 (haoter 5:EVERYDAY continued NEEDS Leisure Travel transport and (hapter6: EMPL0YMENT Looking for work Equal and rights discrimination Atwork Workingyourself for Childcare childrenwork and at 75 77 79 82 B4 69 71 27 THE 29 chapterT: KN0WING LAW 30 The and rights duties citizen ofa (riminalcourts Civil courts 35 Legal and advice aid l7 Human rights 38 Children protection 40 Consumer ftaptera:50URCES AND 0FHELP INF0RMATION 43 lntroduction libraries 52 Public (CAB) Citizens Bureau Advice police The service Other sources ofinformation 55 BETTER 5B (haptere: BUILDING C0MMUNITIES 60 ot 87 90 90 91 92 96 97 101 102 'r03 103 104 107 66 GLOSSARY t'15 .CONTENTS 1: THE ftapter MAKING THE 0F UNITED KINGD0M What's name? ina Early Britain The Middle Ages period The modern early growthempire Stability the and of The century 20th Politics inBritain 1945 since A CHANGING chaoter2: S0ClETY Migration toBritain The changingofwomen role (hildren.

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the English were kings unable to(onquer scots the the during Middle Ages. withtheir agreement.l period the The after Norman language became compulsory for purposes. House The House of[ommons represented landowners country wealthy and people market and inthe towns cities. The English Parliament was not unique: were there parliaments inScotlandmuch rest and ofthe ofEurope Middle The inthe Ages. orthe medieval lt lasted until 1485. English Parliament however.Later French the fought much reign spent ofhis taking back reclaimed country. English tried the kings to dominate Welsh. as the such The origins Parliament the of liein early Middle Before 15. the Welsh by They huge tomaintain built castles power bythemiddle their and of the the century lastWelsh 15th rebellionsbeen down. begandevelop Judges to English commonby process law a ofprecedent tradition. of of The powerful most landowners.. the barons.there also but was a separate ofCommons. Athome. becomemost the developed in Europe. Ages. Scots the the and thelrish. king ofthe The could noIonger taxes collect with0ut the consent barons. and their part the in Crusades. imposed its laws Wales the on and English ofLords. aristocratsgreat The and Iandownen the in House sat . Scots. the wilh At end '13th ofthe century. the wrth called Hundred Wan English Yean The won some important battles against French. wanted make that to sure their were and voices heard that new could be taxes only made '12'15. Richard I Shakespeare inhis describes play (known Richard Lionheart) Henry as the V. which of Holy King the Land. They and were independentCrowr. did. ofrights thecommon for butit didtake theabsolute away power king. the the Lords. kniqhts 13th many from British took in the lsles part inwhich the [rusades. the English managed the of todestroy power princes 1300. Parliament gradually the becameplace where king the consulted his with subjects. defeated English the at thebattle ofBannockburn in1314. ofthe InScotland were there similar developments. Jerusalem other in and of cities the banle Aqincour{.make ofthe To or change hehad consult laws to and negotiale them. [ommons the and clergy. 12th and centuries. 12 there nolaws limit were to the power theking England. the ln barons King tosign forced John a charter rights theMagna of called (which the [arta means Great Charted. byRobert The led theBruce. had put From England 1536. kings foughtlong English also a war theFrench.the were acodified one laws written down.was acharter This not people. there except that were Houses three ofParliament (called'estatej). and the system legal developed as . European (hristians for fought control of During Middle the the Ages. lnWales. [onquestcalled Middle is the Ages legal official and period. atime about ltwas of almost constant lnthe war. however.

owned landlords the land thepeople worked who and ontheir were serfs. social New clases appeared. The feudal gradually system changedsystem toa based onwages. . inNorman times.lnEngland. same food The system developed insouthern Scotland. they have did asmall ofthe area lord's onwhich grew land they enouqh tosurvive. the but in north of Scotlandinlreland was and land owned rommon members in by of the tlansl populairon In1348. large including landownen gentry called and smaller called farmers yeomen. under system the called feudalism. land called They not any did earn money for their ontheland were work and not allowed tomove but away. third a ofthe of[ngland inthe died plague called Black This the Death was one worst ofthe disasten ever tostrike and Britain Europe but because itcreated ashortaqe oflabour lt helpedimprove to conditions poor the for the in lonq run.

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the policies inEastern In1992. ltaly. Belgium. her and way Economic Community The believed the influence that UKt until the 1990. its member AEuropean Minister Heath lhe states. governmentwar her ofdefending returned principles sense UK's ofthe interests inthe EEC the ofharmonisingwould too and its had goal be great. British When the comOetition. . were important more lower ofpublic housing the empire more European have countries stock including countries by 1990s. water. led amuch This to betweenUK the and membership. country still a called Europan the [ommission. could an form economic bloc Europe. de was financial services. the did tohold The Atfrnt UK not next Labour Conservatives nousrng wish join EEC Eritish areferendum inwhich wno InmunKrpal to the Many in1975. and crealng a would undermineaims. those Conservatives the policy. free the Prime services: gas. military led the as had without office 1997. lrveo politicians that links the majority tocontinue {council the tobuy voted its believed the houses}right homes. credentials as nati0nal a relations itsmembers both between and and market (0mm0n privatised main leader many although with voters. planned a agricultural ltalso nationalised and industriespublic for others remained many she fiaure. as internationalfor an centre were twice in1963 vetoed first insurance The tnvestmentt and othel and in1967. Margaret unforeseen. ofthe Union 0thers. and Mn trade closeness United tothe States. also amassive wrongly that assumed the EEC its and relaed the caused decline inindustry. until Under but action Luxembourg Netherlands these developed and involvement aho Thatcher. President. (see foreign wished tied the chapter 4) say was this caused by tobe to UK this there economically.issue and led reslricting tostrike. strict control money ofthe supply Eurooean established Union economic The Thatche/s culturallyeconomically. greatly by legislation was dividedthe on reducd new Strasbourgcivil and service. French again (harlesGaulle. afree economy. the economic controlled poliry Treaty renamed basedsterling. that in lslands was committed aims the tothe of EE( election and in1979 remained Falkland in1982 France. Conservative the electricity. many their the and U5A Since then. Minister Prime from tothe recovery islands. divisive tomake borden between In1972. time At governmenr that in it was agreat did decide also incease wanted i6appli(ations the ofthe ofLondon role (ity tojoin. Edward negotiated telephones railways.this on but ofMaastricht the inflation some but believed thev institutions. and the power trade was Parliament was established the entry the The ofthe unions in UK's into EEC.Thatcher's many Mn and the that (ommonwealth joined. ofjoining. Germany.(onservatives general The invasion West not convinced UK the was The won the by Argentina ofthe Meanwhile. ofthe The had formed European the British De Gaulle '1979 (EE(). howevet countries [ommonwealth European(EU). that tothe ofa political. this the the right government people gave inBrusels.

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