Social And Economic Changes During The 19th Century And Early 18th Century

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Between the late 19th century and early 18th century, the British parliament enacted a number of reforms which allowed Britain to

become a more democratic society.

Social and Economic change were two of the reasons as to why these changes came about however there were also other factors which

played substantial roles in leading Britain towards becoming more democratic such as: changing political attitudes, the role of pressure

groups, political reform in other countries and the political advantage that parties could gain from championing reform.

Social and Economic Change / Changing Political Attitudes

As masses of people began to flood into cities after the industrial revolution Britain began to see a great influx in population. For those

residing in towns and cities political representation was scarce in comparison to the countryside, where mainly wealthy landowners

resided. This infuriated middle class businessmen who believed that they too made a substantial contribution towards Britain 's economy

and therefore they too should also have a say in the running of the country and be fairly represented in Parliament. Faced with these

demands ,Parliament was under pressure to take steps that led to the growth of democracy.

The rise in the number of citizens with a basic education also contributed to the growth of democracy. As such, more people were able

to read national newspapers which were distributed nation wide courtesy of the proliferation of…

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