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Britain went through a period of major political, social and economic change in years 1815-1885 Assess the accuracy of this statement.

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�Britain went through a period of major political, social and economic change in years 1815-1885� Assess the accuracy of this statement.         Throughout the years 1815-1885, a variety of events occurred resulting in significant changes to the political, social and economic system in Britain 1815-1885. Religion, along side other factors, had a major input in this change, resulting in Britain going through significant changes to keep up with the time.         A major factor for these changes was the industrial revolution. Initially effecting the economy of Britain, the industrial revolution increased the amount of trade, and growing rapidly Britain was known as ���the workshop of the world�, the centre of the world manufacturing, finance and trade. ...read more.

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The industrial revolution brought about new jobs for the middle and working class, meaning they could live a wealthier lifestyle. With the economic growth of factory owners and workers, they wished to have greater political power. This mix in social classes links to the decline of power from the monarchy and landowning class. With the wealth of merchants and artisans and their increasing influence in political power, the landowning class and monarchy didn?t dominate the house of lords and the electoral system as they used to. Also, wealth was no longer centred on land, and so many of the Anglican landowning establishment faced numerous challenges, eventually leading to a bigger decrease in the dominance over Britain as it transformed from state ruled by monarchy to parliamentary democracy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Great Reform Act 1832 was regarded at the time as the final settlement, but further reform acts were passed in 1867 and 1884. During the 1867 reform act, franchise was given to the artisans, and agricultural labourers later in 1884. Political parties continued to grow. Both Conservative and Labour parties had nationwide support and further reform meant democratic power grew.         To conclude, it is clear that Britain went through rapid economic, social and political changes during the period 1815-1885. A prominent link through each category is noticed. The social and economic changes were mirrored by parliamentary changes. The main reason for change seemed to be the industrial revolution, but added factors meant reason for change which in some areas was needed. ...read more.

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