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How the scope of Parliament's authority gradually widened and how it affected people across the globe
In 1264 the first parliaments were held in England and Ireland. This was the beginning of the long and complex development of a parliamentary tradition in both countries.
Here we look at the relationship between the two independent kingdoms of England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries. We explore the critical period leading up to the passing of Acts of Union by both parliaments what happened afterwards
Learn about the role of Parliament in the growth of the British Empire, from the American Revolution to decolonisation
Find out more about the history of the EEC and trace the key events that have changed the Common Market the UK joined in the 1970s into the European Union of 28 States that we know today
Join Parliament as we commemorate a series of major anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since De Montfort Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.
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