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

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Classic liberalism emphasized individual freedom, economic freedom, and property rights. It was built on the work of thinkers like Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Liberals tended to come from the newly wealthy industrial classes in Great Britain and the lower classes, while landed aristocrats tended to be conservative.

For example, British Corn laws were an example of government interference into the economy that the Liberals wanted to end. The Corn Laws protected the landed aristocracy by limiting the import of cheap grains from abroad. This kept food prices high so that the aristocrats could remain rich. However, the high food prices created hardships for the poor. As the poor were increasingly working in factories, rich industrialists were under pressure to raise wages so the poor could afford to eat. This annoyed the industrialists, as they realized the higher wages would essentially...

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