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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

Very well done video that, with a bit of humor, explains the terms United Kingdom, Great Britain & England
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Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:10 AM

A great and entertaining way to explain this part of Europe.  I know I have in the past used the terms England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom to all refer to the same thing. It was also amazing to see that people are the same everywhere in that the people in Wales do not consider themselves British, much the same way the people in Sicily consider themselves Sicilain and not Italian. 

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 12:09 PM

As an outsider looking in the concept of the United Kingdom is a little confusing. We are taught to view Scotland as its own country, but they are countries within a larger structure. This video makes what would confuse many Americans and condenses it into a clear video that is just about 5 mins.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 4:38 PM

Many people often interchange the UK, Great Britain, and England, but in reality, they all describe different different things. The UK is a country of four countries, each with equal power, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, and Wales but they are all considered British citizens.UK is a political term, describing a country. Great Britain is a physical geographical term describing the land mass containing Scotland, Wales, and England.  The British Isles refers to both Great Britain and the Island of Ireland. All of these terms describe different things, being characterized by either political affiliation or geographic characteristics. 

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London Names

Great map showing interactive view of Surnames (last names) in London, with origins and cultural background.


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Europe's failure to integrate Muslims

Europe's failure to integrate Muslims | Geography 400 Class Blog |
So, I'm of two minds about this - and I feel that each has it's merits in modern society:

On the one hand, I've a fierce belief in the individual's right to choose (anything and everything) and determining one's Religion epitomizes that ideal.

However, there ideas and practices that tend to marginalize women or children which might need to be addressed to ensure equal participation in modern society. How can a woman, who cannot show her face, contribute to society equally? Can a child enrolled in a western school still answer the call to prayer without it impacting his or her educational progress?

Devil's advocacy aside, the real question is how far down that slippery slope can you travel and still claim to be "educated" or "enlightened?"
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Geography Jordan & Danielle's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:18 PM

Religion: freedom of religion is not a law is some parts of Europe 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 2014 8:59 PM

The Muslim community was never really accepted in Europe looking back in history. Now more and emigrating and in mass numbers in certain areas.  While the European Union is a stronghold keeping Europe together, the argument can be made that the countries are falling apart in terms of identity, economy and production. A new wave of immigrants will not help increase their national identity and strength.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:58 PM

I feel that the rejection of any attempt to integrate Islam into European society is, at least in part, a reaction to the declining native population of most of the major Western European nations. They are attempting to keep anyone they cant assimilate out, while insuring that any Muslims that they can assimilate are dressing and acting close enough to the existing culture so as to blend into their native population.