top of page

How did Britain come into existence as a nation state? Explain

Before the eighteenth century, there were

different ethnic identities with their own

culture and politics - English, Welsh, Scots,

or Irish. As the English nation’s wealth and

power increased, its influence over other

island nations also increased.

English Parliament had taken the power

from the monarchy in 1688. It became

instrumental in building the nation state of

Britain, with England at its centre.

The United Kingdom of Britain was established

through the Act of Union in 1707 between

England and Scotland. Scotland eventually

got suppressed by the English politically and


Related Theory

Britain has a strange case when it comes to freedom

or nationalist struggle because when Britain converted

into a nation state, the only dominant group were

English-speaking and the other two were minorities.

1,239 views0 comments


bottom of page