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Find out about Parliament's involvement in the history of the British Empire over the course of four centuries
Parliament and the American Colonies before 1765: When did Parliament first start taking an interest in the American colonies? And what were its main concerns?
Read about the issues which made the Stamp Act one of the most controversial laws ever passed by Parliament
Find out how the American colonists went from being loyal British subjects to citizens of an independent republic
What lessons had Parliament learned from the American Revolution when it formed the first constitution for British North America?
Learn about the Parliamentary and public campaign for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery, which fuelled the economy of the British Empire
How did a private trading company come to control almost all of the Indian subcontinent? And what did Parliament do about it?
Learn of the public discontent about the Company’s activities in India, and how this was reflected in Parliament
Discover how the British Crown came to rule the entire Indian subcontinent and its many millions of people
Read how a growing nationalist movement led to the first attempts to give Indian people a voice in their own government
India and Pakistan became independent in 1947. What was Parliament's role, for good and ill, in their road to statehood?
Find out how Canada became the first of the British white settler colonies to achieve self-government and eventual statehood
British settlement in 19th century Australia was rapid. Read about Parliament's role in the country's self-government
Discover Britain's role in New Zealand's self-government
Find out why settlers in southern Africa achieved self-government so late, and about the controversial union of the colonies
Read how Parliament's Statute of Westminster in 1931 was a turning point in relations with the Empire