Britain 1850s-1979: Essay Questions The Growth of Democracy



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Britain 1850s-1979: Essay Questions

The Growth of Democracy


1. "What progress did Britain make towards becoming a democracy between 1850 and 1914?

2. To what extent had democracy been achieved in Britain by 1900? (or 1918?) (or 1928?)

3. How representative of the people was parliament by a) 1885 and b) 1918?

4. Which factors contributed most to the extension of the franchise between 1860 & 1918?

5. Why was there a growth in democracy in Britain between 1860 & 1918? (1999)

6. How democratic was Britain by 1911? (2000)

7. To what extent did the widening of the franchise change British Politics?

8. By 1928 the essentials of democracy had been achieved. “ How far would you agree?

9. The most important steps towards democracy in Britain were taken between 1867 and 1918. “ How far do you agree? (2002)

10. How important was the role played by political pressure groups in the growth of democracy in Britain between 1860 and 1914? (2001)

11. What was the most important reason for the growth of democracy in Britain between 1867 and 1928? (2003)

12. Explain why Parliament gave the right to vote to increasing numbers of people between 1867 and 1928. (2005)

13. Discuss the view that by 1914 Britain was not yet a democratic country. (2006)

14. How democratic had Britain become by 1928? (2007)

15. To what extent was the growth of democracy in Britain after 1860 due to social and economic change? (2008)

16. “By 1928, Britain was a fully democratic country.” How accurate is this view? (2009)




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