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Political History and Structure

The political history of the United Kingdom is very long and drawn out. The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 started the centralization of various groups, villages, and towns in England, and by the twelfth century the Norman rulers had created a monarchical government that ruled over England. That government was premised on the Norman monarchy, with the king as the source of all power. AParliament was also created in which nobles were represented. The Normans consolidated their rule over England between 1066 and approximately 1200, and by the late 1200s they began to expand their power to Wales and Scotland.

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By 1282 English monarchs were beginning to militarily and politically dominate some of the Welsh princes, and in 1536 Wales was unified with England through the Act of Union passed by the English Parliament. Wales was represented in Parliament, and the...

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