Parliament and Empire

Learn about the role of Parliament in the growth of the British Empire, from the American Revolution to decolonisation

The British Empire was founded haphazardly, through trade, war and treaty. For 400 years Parliament responded to these imperial developments mainly through passing new laws, setting up commissions, and holding enquiries.

This extended the reach of Parliament far beyond the British Isles, affecting the lives of millions across the globe.  In so doing it shaped the modern world in a way that still has repercussions today.