Why didn’t Britain have a Revolution in 1848? (Short Animated Documentary)

Loads of European countries had revolutions or wars in 1848 but the United Kingdom didn’t. So why not?

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  1. The conditions in Britain were so awful that between about 1810 and 1910 ten million emigrated from Britain. Emigration was encouraged to reduce poverty and elevate the excessive population growth. Most Emigration was to North America and Australia. After events in France the British government were prepared to suppress any attempt at revolt. People just left.

  2. The 1832 Reform Act abolished Rotten Boroughs, it was not a demand of the Chartists. Also the 1835 Municipal Corporations Act extended the electorates of the towns. Together these expanded the votes to '40 Shilling value landholders' – NOT 'Landowners'. All the European revolutions of 1848 were attempts to create democratic representative parliaments that the UK already had.
    Fun Fact – Napoleon III, who abolished the representative system created in France in 1848 when he declared himself Emperor died in exile in Chislehurst and his son died fighting for Victoria in the Zulu Wars.

  3. "it rained, so they went home" ….Soooo since 1848 nothings changed, we still go home instead of protesting when it rains, things that annoy us and need a protest only matter when its warm and sunny outside, so 2/365 days a year 😂

  4. The British aristocracy realised that throwing the plebs a bit more crumbs than before is enough to stop them from flipping the table. Also, the Brits were still traumatised by how Cromwell fought to abolish monarchy… and de-facto became one.

    Basically, that bloody Cromwell twat and his megalomania is the reason why Britain is still stuck with those royal leeches.

  5. Britain was just ahead of the curve. They had revolutions in the 1600s. After both the Commonwealth in the 1640s and the Glorious Revolution in the 1680s, Britain had already liberalized 200 years earlier, and had abandoned the idea of absolutism well before the rest of the Continent did. The following several hundred years were spent gradually liberalizing and moving more towards democracy, a process the rest of Europe didn't really start until the 1790s and then spent the rest of the next 150 years warring over.

  6. Owning land is a bridge too far, but so are the current voting standards. It should not remain automatic, though of course it will. If you're stumped naming the winner of the Revolutionary War, (and/or who fought it!), the current VP, or even ONE branch of gov't, does that outwardly sound like "fair/equal" voting?

  7. One thing to consider is that up until the American and French Revolutions, the UK had been the leader of liberalism in the world. So they had achieved many things in steps that were taken a lot earlier from the 12th century Magna Carta to the 17th century Glorious Revolution. So at the beginning of the 19th century, the UK was a Bourgeois liberal ruled society and by the end of the 19th century, it had moved to having the beginnings of more of a social liberal democracy. However, prior to the French Revolution, France was an absolute monarchy, as were the German/HRE states. Russia was also an absolute monarchy right up until the beginning of the 20th century, hence its revolutions in 1917 were far more drastic.

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