Events in British History 1815-1854

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Timeline of Events in British History
The Congress of Vienna 1814-1815 ­ The Congress was set up to
resolve issues after the revolution in France. Britain was known a one
of the "Big Four", one of the main countries involved in the talks. The
Congress reshaped European borders as well as redistributing
colonial power overseas. The main aim of the Congress was to keep
peace in Europe.
The Battle of Waterloo and the end of the Napoleonic Wars 1815 ­
Britain had won the Napoleonic wars but its own people wanted
change at home. Reform was wanted politically as many families
suffered economically, infact the masses spent on the war had
actually led to a depression. The social mood was changing as well,
many felt it was time for revolution in Britain as they felt a lack of
power in their own country and suffered from immense poverty at
the hands of the rich.
Introduction of the Corn Laws 1815 ­ The Corn Laws were
introduced to help British famers to keep up with foreign
competition by keeping prices high and preventing cheap corn from
the continent from threatening English corn. Those with land
profited, whilst those who bought corn struggled to pay for it.
The Peterloo Massacre 1819 ­ The Peterloo Massacre was an
attack on a group of peaceful protestors in Manchester by the army.
The people wanted change; many lived in poverty and felt that the
government needed to be reformed. The people felt
underrepresented as many large cities had no MP in Parliament
whereas many smaller locations had many. The authorities feared
revolution so the crowds were violently dispersed by the army and 11
were killed.
The Cato Street Conspiracy 1820 ­ The Cato Street Conspiracy was
the planned murdering of government minister's by a group of
revolutionaries called Spenceans. They wanted to share land out
between peasants and followed the ideas of Thomas Spence. The
conspiracy was unsuccessful and the leaders of the group were
The rule of George IV 1820 ­ 1830 ­ George IV `s rule was not popular
with his people who often found themselves paying higher and
higher taxes as he was frivolous with money even in war. George
himself preferred a solitary life especially towards the end of his life.
He was seen as many as a poor leader for the country. George as
with many of aristocrat friends took little interest in anything but
himself , George liked to argue with Parliament on occasion which
whilst he had no real power still made him unpopular.
Repeal of the Combination Acts 1824 ­ The Combination Acts ,
passed in 1800, had been put in place to stop people getting
together to demand higher wages and other "revolutionary" ideas.
The act prevented trade unions from being created. It was repealed
in 1824 as much of the acts had become useless and outdated. The
Combination of 1825 was put in place after strikes took place after
the repeal of the first Combination Acts.

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Catholic Emancipation Act 1829 ­ The Catholic Emancipation Act
allowed Roman Catholics to take up seats in Parliament and also
allowed Roman Catholics with land worth £10 (in modern currency to
vote). It was a hard fought act to pass but the threat of civil unrest in
Ireland was too hard for the politicians to bear.…read more

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powers of Europe each wanted to gain from the former Ottoman
states whilst still preventing revolution and political change. Each
nation had its own interests in the Ottoman states Russia and
France had religious interests and went to war to ensure them.
Although Britain feared collapse in the Ottoman Empire it too had
interests especially in Istanbul. The arguments over such problems
and the Eastern Question led to the Crimean war.…read more


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