How Britain became more Democratic -Essay plan

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Britain became more democratic between 1851 and 1928 due to the effects of industrialisation and urbanisation. How valid is this view?

Industrialisation and Urbanisation

  • People moved from the countryside to towns and cities in search of jobs such as coalmining
  • This increase in workforce caused an increase in outputs which boosted economy 
  • A new middle class was created who owned factories, railways and coalmines 
  • There was a new middle class who were involved in profiting the county and they felt as if they deserved the vote 
  • Without them, industry and economy would collapse 
  • This forced the Governement to put forms in place so they wouldn't lose support 
  • More and more people were moving to industrial cities 
  • They became the working class
  • They began to question politcal systems and felt they deserved political power
  • More people were in one area so word spread quicker 
  • More people became aware of the struggles of the working class
  • Information was spreading quicker therefore if people weren't happy with something the Government did, then more people would be aware of this  

Social Changes

  • The spread of railways connected small, isolated parts of Britain and newspapers and polical writings from authors such as Thomas Paine, became more accessable 
  • PM Gladstone used railways to travel and make speeches- in Midlothian 50'000 attended 
  • Speeches by PM's ensured that everyone had the


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