Explain how liberalism affected events in Great Britain during 19th century.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that one of liberalism's greatest impacts in Great Britain was with the advancement of the industrial revolution.  Liberalism played a major role in this development because of the laissez- faire approach that government demonstrated towards business and economic growth.  The liberalized policies that did not limit economic proliferation of wealth was something that played a major role in British history in the 19th Century.  Liberal ideas relating to government's role in business and the relationship that both shared helped to define much of the age.  There was very little control or regulation that government placed on business, due in large part to the construction of liberal philosophy that allowed for businesses to grow unfettered and for business owners to perceive government as an ally in their desire to gain and maintain economic power.

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