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"Describe and explain where applicable the socio-economic, political and environmental factors that influence the residents in the UK and USA."

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Cultural Background Of The USA and UK "Describe and explain where applicable the socio-economic, political and environmental factors that influence the residents in the UK and USA." Introduction When we talk about the UK and USA in general, they are both considered to be very different to each other; this however is not always the case. As an introduction to these countries we will look at them in general, and then draw on key areas that have influence on the residents. Great Britain as it was commonly known as then, was the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy; it currently is weighing the degree of its integration with continental Europe. ...read more.


It must be noted that these are becoming more and more severe/freak as time goes on. The USA's climate is mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semi-arid in the great plains, west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest. There are low winter temperatures in the northwest and these are replaced occasionally in January and February by warm winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Its terrain is vast central plain, with mountains in the west, and hills and low mountains in east. This multi climatic land mass means that the majority of Americans never actually leave the country, let alone their state, as there is enough variation just 100km away for example. Because of these extreme climate conditions there is also many more natural hazards. There include, volcanoes, and earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts; tornadoes in the mid-west and southeast; mud slides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; and permafrost in northern Alaska. Its terrain is mostly rugged hills and low mountains, which are level to rolling plains in the east and southeast. ...read more.


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was adopted in 1927 Flags The flag for England has a blue field with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) edged in white superimposed on the diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which is superimposed on the diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland); properly known as the Union Flag, but commonly called the Union Jack; the design and colors (especially the Blue Ensign) have been the basis for a number of other flags including other Commonwealth countries and their constituent states or provinces, as well as British overseas territories The flag for the USA has thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies; known as Old Glory; the design and colors have been the basis for a number of other flags, including Chile, Liberia, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico. ...read more.

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