British are coming

The British Are Coming...Through Time

  • Sep 26, 1215

    Magna Carta signed

    Magna Carta signed
    King John is forced to sign, thus dissolving the absolute monarchy.
  • Period: Sep 26, 1532 to Sep 26, 1536

    Reformation: Church of England formed

    Catholics and Protestants split in the Great Schism, and King Henry VIII, unable to annul his marriage, forms his own church.
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    Imperialism/ Colonial Mercantilism

    The Brits invade the whole world, and at the peak of their empire, it was said that "the sun never set on the British empire."
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    Civil War/ Restoration

    Oliver Cromwell, with his common people, overthrows Charles I but loses power when Charles II is retored in 1660, on the provision that Parliament will have more power.
  • Glorious Revolution

    Glorious Revolution
    The king will henceforth be Anglican and accountable to Parliament,marking a major shift in power balance.
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    Act of Settlement/ Emergence of PM

    The king and queen henceforth must govern according to parliament's laws and follow the procedures for succession.
  • Great Reform Act

    Great Reform Act
    300,000 more men gained a vote, but the aristocracy remained powerful and dominant in terms of representation.
  • Second Reform Act

    Second Reform Act
    The electorate nearly doubles to a complete size of 3 million, so the common man finally gets his say in the vote.
  • Reform of House of Lords

    Reform of House of Lords
    The House of Lords essentially loses its power, and the gradual evolution of British parliamentary democracy is complete.
  • Trades Union Congress

    Trades Union Congress
    British workers walk off the job in large numbers, which helped the Labour Party gain support.
  • Great Depression

    Great Depression
    It crosses the pond to hit Britain hardest out of any European nation except for Germany.
  • Beveridge Report published

    Beveridge Report published
    The social insurance program for all citizens to be elligible for benefits is established under Churchill's rule.
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    Collectivist Consensus

    A period of general harmony and agreement between the Labour and Conservative parties, when there was nothing to fight about, and because of steady economic growth, the people were happy, and the parties worked together.
  • National Health Service created

    National Health Service created
    In a classic example of the interventionist state, Britain establishes essentially universal health care for its people.
  • Thatcher Elected

    Thatcher Elected
    The "iron woman" ascends to power and lives up to her conservative label, holding steady in the face of strikes.
  • Blair elected

    Blair elected
    Tony Blair and the Labor party win in sweeping general elections.
  • Brown elected

    Brown elected
    Blair tumbles down the slippery slope of voter appeasement and Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister.
  • Cameron elected

    Cameron elected
    Due to widespread dissatisfaction, Brown loses power and Cameron is elected with sweeping change in the general elections.