England, United Kingdom, Great Britain, British Isles?

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Which one is the correct term to describe this country, as it was at the beginning of the 20th century?




  1. great britain,

  2. Great Britain......certainly not England considering uk is made of up several countries

  3. Don't forget that in 1900 the whole of Ireland was still in the UK, so back then it's title was

    "England, part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland"  


    .... "& Northern Ireland"

    as it is now.

  4. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was the formal name of the United Kingdom from 1 January 1801 until 12 April 1927. It was formed by the merger of the Kingdom of Great Britain (itself having been a merger of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland) and the Kingdom of Ireland.

    Following Irish independence on 6 December 1922, when the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty came into effect, the name continued in official use until it was changed to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act of 1927. That part of the island of Ireland which seceded from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1922 today constitutes the Republic of Ireland.


    The merger of the two kingdoms followed the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The rebellion, which shook the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland, was met with brutality on behalf of the government resulting in the death of up to 30,000 at government hands through massacres, atrocities and terrors. The rebellion had been preceded by a century of discriminatory rule in Ireland, where the overwhelming majority of the population were excluded or limited from public and economic life. As a result of this, the London government pushed the merger largely in response to the perception that the rebellion was provoked as much by the brutish misrule of the Ascendancy as by the efforts of the revolutionaries.

    To some measure, a crisis over the mental health of King George III, given that both separate kingdoms could in theory appoint different regents. The union was enacted by means of the Act of Union, passed by both the Irish Parliament and the British Parliament.

    Terms of the Union

    George III, the first king of the new United Kingdom.Under the terms of the merger, the separate Parliaments of Great Britain and Ireland were abolished, and replaced by a united Parliament of the United Kingdom.[1] The new House of Commons consisted of all Members of Great Britain's 18th Parliament and 100 Irish MPs co-opted in a special election in 1801.[1] The new House of Lords consisted of all members of Great Britain's House of Lords, and 4 Lords Spiritual and 28 Lords Temporal from the Irish House of Lords.[1] The new Parliament met in the Palace of Westminster, formerly the home of the Parliament of Great Britain and, until 1707, the Parliament of England.

    Part of the trade-off for Irish Catholics was to be the granting of Catholic Emancipation, which had been fiercely resisted by the all-Anglican Irish Parliament. However, this was blocked by King George III who argued that emancipating Roman Catholics would breach his Coronation Oath.

    The United Kingdom

    Daniel O'Connell, MP.The Act of Union was initially seen favourably in Ireland, given that the old Irish parliament was seen as hostile to the majority Catholic population, some of whose members had only been given the vote as late as 1794 and who were legally debarred from election to the body. The Roman Catholic hierarchy endorsed the Union. However King George III's decision to block Catholic Emancipation fatally undermined the appeal of the Union. Leaders like Henry Grattan who sat in the new parliament, having been leading members of the old one, were bitterly critical.

    The eventual achievement of Catholic Emancipation in 1829, following a campaign by Daniel O'Connell, MP for County Clare, who had won election to Westminster and who could not for religious beliefs take the Oath of Supremacy, removed the main negative that had undermined the appeal of the old parliament, the exclusion of Catholics. From 1829 on a demand grew again for a native Irish parliament separate from Westminster. However, his campaign to repeal the Act of Union ultimately failed.


  5. Great Britain.

    England is a part of GB, so it's basically the same, just it's politically correct to say Great Britain, or Britain for short, because of the other countries that make up Great Britain and that does not involve Northern Ireland.

    If you are meaning Northern Ireland aswell, then you would say the United Kingdom, or the UK.

    Nobody really says British Isles anymore.

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