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Britain and Ireland: ambiguities of Empire

Watch this video, in which Gemma Clark cites the settlement of Ireland as a key example of the complex relationships within the British Isles.

In this video, Gemma Clark cites the conquest and settlement of Ireland as a key example of the complex political, constitutional and imperial relationships within the British Isles.

As you watch the video, consider what it means to be ‘British’, and how this has changed over time.

Discuss with fellow learners the following questions:

  • What were the political and constitutional relationships between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, during key periods of British imperial expansion and collapse?
  • How integral were Ireland – and Irish people around the world – to Britain’s imperial project?
  • Did Ireland gain or lose from the British imperial connection? Was Ireland a colony?

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