British Civilization: An Introduction (1998) by John Oakland

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By John Oakland

British Civilization presents a accomplished creation to modern Britain, together with principal and native govt, the economic system and undefined, the legislations, media, arts, schooling and faith. This fourth variation is totally revised and up-to-date to incorporate sections on British attitudes, the 1997 election and New exertions.

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However, the provision of cheap and environmentally suitable energy for both domestic and industrial use will be a problem for Britain in the future. Transport and communications Transport and communications are divided between the public and private sectors of the economy, although many state businesses have now been privatized. Roads, railways, shipping and civil aviation provide the country’s transport system. British Telecom, competing telecommunications companies and the Post Office supply most communications needs.

Tides on the coasts and in inland rivers can cause flooding in many parts of the country. Substantial financial resources are needed by water companies and local authorities, particularly on the English east and south coasts, to enable them to construct defences against this threat. For example, a London flood barrier was completed in 1984 across the River Thames. The coastal seas are not deep and are often less than 300 feet (90 m) because the greater part of the British Isles lies on the Continental Shelf, or raised sea-bed adjacent to the mainland.

These in recent years have been badly affected by disease, unreasonable felling and substantial storm damage in October 1987 and January 1990. Energy resources Britain has considerable energy resources and its primary sources are oil, gas, nuclear power, coal and water. The most important secondary source is electricity. Some 200,000 people work in the energy production business, which accounts for 5 per cent of the GDP, and three of Britain’s largest companies (Shell, BP and British Gas) are in this sector.

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