A painting showing Chinese junks being destroyed by the British fleet.
British History

The British Fleet in China and the Treaty of Nanking

February 21, 2021

By June of 1842, the British fleet had occupied Amoy and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic islands and fortresses, commanding all maritime access to the southeast coast of China. The Chinese capitulated, and signed the Treaty of Nanking. […]

Conradh Limk 2
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Celtic Revival in Ireland: Irish Language

December 6, 2020

One aspect of the ancient Irish culture forgotten partly due to British dominance was the Irish language. In the 19th century, different attempts were made to revive the language. The Gaelic League was the most prominent player in this challenge. […]

Uragh Stone Circle, Gleninchaquin Park, Co. Kerry Ireland
British History

Celtic Revival in Ireland: Political Backgrounds and Aspects

December 6, 2020

The revival of Celtic identity in Ireland was directly tied to political backgrounds. The way the Irish saw themselves in relation to the British determined their Irish identity. Their efforts in bringing back the cultural aspects of ancient Ireland started in the field of sports and reviving two old Irish games. […]

Close up of Scotland under a magnifying glass on a map
British History

The Revival of Scottish Celtic Identity

November 29, 2020

The Celtic identity of Scotland had been taken from them by such rules as the Dress Act. The repeal of the Act and some famous literary works led to the revival of Scottish identity and traditions. […]

Celtic Cross at rock of cashel, co tipperary, ireland
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Scholarly Investigations of the Celtic Heritage

November 29, 2020

The scholarly research on the Celtic heritage conducted by George Buchanan in the late 16th century mostly regarded linguistic connections between the Celtic languages. The linguistic investigations led to findings of the relationships between the Celtic peoples. But not all of them were based on reliable evidence. […]

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, commemorating the defeat of the Spanish Armada, depicted in the background.
British History

The Last Irish Rebellion Against England

November 16, 2020

Irish rebels had fought for centuries against England in spite of the Crown’s attempts to decrease the Irishness in Irish lands to make them submit to English rule. The last of these rebellions was linked to one of the most famous families in Ireland, the O’Neill family. […]

The flag of United Kingdom unfurled at top of the mast, to the left of the frame, and the flag of France similarly unfurled at top of the mast, to the right of the frame.
British History

How Did the Norman Conquest Alter England-France Relationship?

October 23, 2020

Once they had conquered England, the dukes of Normandy got to enjoy the title of ‘king’. As a result, they were subordinate to the kings of France, but at the exact same time, they were equals of the kings of France. This aberrational situation led to much bloodshed in future centuries, as kings of France and kings of England tried to work out the exact nature of their relationship. […]

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