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The strengh of the British system of government has always been his ability to stifle any danger of revolution through many reforms During the 20th century Britain was the model of liberalism Britain was a constitutional monarchy where the power of the king was restricted by the parliament Lord and commons As the country was becoming bigger colonies and stronger caol and iron production the system developped in a most democratic way Politicly the country was divided into two big parts the Liberals and the Conservatives During the 19th century Britain was the most powerful country in Europe Britain possessed the worlds largest colonies protected by a strong navy Britains colonies covered one sixth of the world surface In opposition to the 20th century in the end of the 18th Britain was not a democratic nation With fewer than one in eight Englishmen entitled to take part in elections only a fraction of the people in Britain had the right to vote If you were a woman or working-class you were excluded from the electoral process and so were most middle-class men Among the elite ruling class many were opposed to change and had no desire to alter Britains ancient constitution since political reform would mean they had to give up some of their privileges In the 19th century a series of Reform Acts were brought in mainly entitling more men to vote and the number of voters rose from a little more than 200000 to over 8 million In the 19th century Britain was still a very powerfull country but had gone into a relative decline face to the new German and US economy The economy was freezing but Britain was still at the time the banking capitol of the world In the 1880s problems of unemployment urban housing public health wages working conditions and healthcare upset this traditional balance and led the way for the advent of
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