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The history of the British Isles has witnessed intermittent periods of competition and cooperation between the people that occupy the various parts of Great Britainmarker, Irelandmarker, and the smaller adjacent islands, which together make up the British Islesmarker, as well as with Francemarker, Germanymarker, the Low Countries, Denmarkmarker, Scandinavia, etc.

Today, the British Isles contain two sovereign states: the Republic of Irelandmarker and the United Kingdommarker. There are also three Crown dependencies: Guernseymarker, Jerseymarker and the Isle of Manmarker. The United Kingdom may be further broken down into four constituent Home Nations: Englandmarker, Northern Irelandmarker, Scotlandmarker, and Walesmarker. Each of these nations bears its own history, with all but Northern Ireland having been independent states at one point. The History of the formation of the United Kingdom is very complex.

The British monarch was head of state of all of the countries of the British Isles from the Union of the Crowns in 1603 until the enactment of the Republic of Ireland Act in 1949, although the term "British Isles" was not used in 1603. Additionally, since the independence of Ireland, historians of the region often avoid the term British Isles due to the complexity of relations between the peoples of the archipelago (see: British Isles ).


Timeline history of the British Isles



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Further reading

  • A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World, 3500 BC - 1603 AD by Simon Schama, Hyperion Books, 2000 ISBN 0-7868-6675-6
  • A History of Britain, Volume 2: The Wars of the British 1603-1776 by Simon Schama, Hyperion Books, 2001 ISBN 0-7868-6675-6
  • A History of Britain III: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 by Simon Schama
  • The British Isles: A History of Four Nations by Hugh Kearney, Cambridge University Press 2nd edition 2006, ISBN 978-0521846004
  • A History of Britain - The Complete Collection on DVD by Simon Schama, BBC 2002
  • The Isles, A History by Norman Davies, Oxford University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-19-513442-7
  • Shortened History of England by G. M. Trevelyan Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-023323-7
  • This Sceptred Isle: 55BC-1901 by Christopher Lee Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-026133-8 (originally a radio series [73740])
  • The Reduced History of Britain - by Chas Newkey-Burden

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