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In an era of vast change the idea of nationalism sprung up among most nations across Europe Nationalism the belief in and respect for national traditions and causes was the major factor in the chang of legislature militarism and colonial rule During the late 19th century and the early 20th century the world powers of Great Britain and France battled over influence in its colonies through both humane and extreme measures encountered the positive and negative aspects of nationalism and became greatly persuaded by the establishment of democratic governments The rise of middle class democracy in both England and France was sponsored by the growing concern for nationalism Although both nations were basic parliamentary democracies Britain had been the model for parliamentary government for centuries Only in the latter half of the 19th century did the head of state or monarch begin to loose its influence Industrialization had profound effects since the large landowners no longer controlled Parliament The government was formed by the party which won the most seats through election to the House of Commons Howarth At the start of the 20th Century the House was dominated by two distinctive parties the Liberals and the Conservatives A third party was forming beneath the basic themes of the other parties which became known as the Labour Party This party became fairly popular as it called for the rights of the workers but was a minority in the House However the cabinet held the whip along with the very influential prime minister The prime minister handled most business of the state and was required to command the majority in the House of Commons for fear of resignation In contrast to the French Parliamentary system Britain had no written constitution Suffrage extended to give most adult males the right to vote The Liberal party gained the confidence of the people and soon demanded more rights and a more humane system of democracy As the influence
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