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  Great Britain. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-07
Britain’s overseas possessions (see British Empire) were augmented by the victorious outcome of the War of the Spanish Succession, ratified in the Peace of Utrecht (1713).
Great political leaders of the late 18th cent., such as the earl of Chatham (see Chatham, William Pitt, 1st earl of) and his son William Pitt, could not govern in disregard of the crown.
Britain’s sometimes stormy relationship with the EU was heightened in 1996 when an outbreak of “mad cow disease” (see prion) in England led the EU to ban the sale of British beef; the crisis eased when British plans for controlling the disease were approved by the EU.
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  Great Britain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Great Britain is an island lying off the north-western coast of Europe and to the east of Ireland, comprising the main territory of the United Kingdom.
Before the end of the last ice age, Great Britain was a peninsula of Europe; the rising sea levels caused by glacial melting at the end of the ice age caused the formation of the English Channel, the body of water which now divides Great Britain from the European mainland.
The climate of Great Britain is milder than that of other regions of the Northern Hemisphere at the same latitude, because the warm waters of the Gulf Stream pass by the British Isles and exert a moderating influence on the weather.
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 United Kingdom - MSN Encarta
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain, is a sovereign, island country, located off the northwestern...
Great Britain is the largest island in the cluster of islands, or archipelago, known as the British Isles.
Britain’s dependent territories are scattered throughout the world and are the remains of the former British Empire.
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 Kingdom of Great Britain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Kingdom of Great Britain was superseded by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801 when the Kingdom of Ireland was absorbed with the enactment of the Act of Union 1800 following the suppression of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
The Kingdom of Great Britain was ruled by a single monarch, as it had been between 1603 and 1707 (excepting the Interregnum).
Legislative power was vested in the Parliament of Great Britain, which replaced the Parliament of England and the Parliament of Scotland.
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Education in Great Britain is compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 16.
As British overseas possessions continued to increase, the raising of sheep for wool and mutton became a principal occupation in the colonies; the practice of exporting wool from England and importing manufactured woolen articles was gradually replaced by the import of wool and the manufacture and export of yarns and fabrics.
Great Britain became Austria's chief ally, and British armies and ships fought the French in Europe, in North America, on the high seas, and in India, where the English and French East India companies competed for influence.
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 Are Britain, Great Britain and the UK the same country?
Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales.
Great Britain is a political term which describes the combination of England, Scotland, and Wales, the three nations which together include all the land on the island.
The term Great Britain was first used during the reign of King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) in 1603, to refer to the separate kingdoms of England and Scotland.
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 Great Britain ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes
Great Britain (Scottish Gaelic: Breatainn Mhòr, Welsh: Prydain Fawr, Cornish: Breten Veur, Scots: Graet Breetain) is the largest island of the British Isles, the largest island in Europe and the eighth-largest island in the world.
Great Britain evolved politically into a union of England and Scotland from a personal union in 1603 with the Union of Crowns under James VI of Scotland, I of England.
The island of Great Britain formed at the end of the Pleistocene ice age when sea levels rose due to isostatic depression of the crust and the melting of glaciers.
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 United Kingdom / Great Britain   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Great Britain is the term used for the island containing the contiguous nations¹ of England, Scotland and Wales.
Great Britain is used to distinguish Britain from Brittania Minor, or Brittany, in France.
The term "Great Britain" was officially used only after King James I (who was also James VI of Scotland) acceded to the throne of England and Wales in 1603, styling himself King of Great Britain, although legislative union between Scotland and England did not take place until 1707.
www.geo.ed.ac.uk /home/scotland/britain.html   (432 words)

 History of GREAT BRITAIN   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The inhabitants of Britain - the island containing England, Wales and Scotland - live in a state of some confusion over their group identity.
It becomes official in 1800, in the Act of Union with Ireland, when the enlarged kingdom is called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Britain in the early 18th century is the scene of a strong reaction against the self-indulgence of baroque architecture, replacing it with the clear-cut classical lines of Palladio.
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Great Britain's population has shown increasing ethnic diversity since the 1970s, when people from the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Africa, and China began immigrating; in the late 1990s these groups accounted for close to 3% of the population.
There are 88 universities in Great Britain, the most famous being those at Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, and St. Andrews.
It is believed that Julius Caesar's successful military campaign in Britain in 54 BC was aimed at preventing incursions into Gaul from the island.
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The term "Great Britain" came into being when England and Scotland became a single kingdom under King James VI of Scotland who also became King James I of England, after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603.
Therefore, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, used to indicate the political union of England, Scotland and Wales, was expanded, in the 20th century, to include Northern Ireland: the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" as it now appears on passports.
They are a group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe consisting of Great Britain, the whole of Ireland, the Orkney and Shetland Islands, the Isle of Man, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Wight, the Scilly Islands, Lundy Island, the Channel Islands and many other smaller islands.
www.know-britain.com /general/great_britain.html   (1237 words)

 RealClearPolitics - Articles - Britain Was Once Great Britain
Greatness in individuals is rare; in countries it is almost unique.
Were it not for British involvement, India might still have sati (burning wives on the funeral pyre of their husband), would have no unifying language, and probably no parliamentary democracy or other institutions and values that have made that country a democratic giant, now on its way to becoming an economic one as well.
The other current example of Great Britain's decline is the widely reported (in the UK) decision of schools in various parts of that country to stop teaching about the Holocaust in history classes.
www.realclearpolitics.com /articles/2007/04/britain_was_once_great_britain.html   (835 words)

 Britain in 1914
The foundations for the empire were laid between 1750 and 1850 during which Britain acquired India, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, several islands in the West Indies and various colonies on the African coast.
Britain was also concerned by the growth in the German Navy and in 1904 the two countries signed the
There were soldiers in all Britain's overseas possessions except the white dominions of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
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 Great Britain Releases Animal Research Statistics for 2002 | The Humane Society of the United States
The number of animals used in scientific procedures in Great Britain increased by 3.3% last year, culminating in a seven-year high of 2.66 million animals, according to the British government's 2002 report on animals used.
There was a 45% increase in the use of techniques causing physical trauma, an 11% increase in the number of procedures using genetically modified animals, a 43% increase in experiments for household products, and a 29% increase in agricultural toxicology experiments.
Animal protectionists in Great Britain are also concerned that the government did not meet its pledge to increase the number of laboratory inspectors by five (only three were added).
www.hsus.org /animals_in_research/animals_in_research_news/great_britain_releases_animal_research_statistics_for_2002.html   (282 words)

 TGOL - Great Britain
The Great Britain stranded on the shores of Dundrum Bay.
Retaining her name, the Great Britain was now intended for the Australian emigration run, and for this purpose her passengers accommodations were altered to 50 people in First Class and 680 in Third.
The Great Britain did not see much action out of the ordinary, but one voyage was interrupted to claim the uninhabited island of St. Martin for the Empire.
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 United Kingdom - Wikitravel
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK) [1] is a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe.
It occupies all of the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the remaining British Isles.
Britain is an expensive country even for Britons (though average salaries are among the highest in Europe, the average purchasing power is among the lowest), and due to the strong pound, even more so for foreigners.
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 Great Britain - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
As seen in the photo to your right, "Great" Britain is shaped to look like a tall yet plump bearded man, wearing a hat and sitting down in shorts too big for him and possibly throwing a large baby into the air.
Not to be confused with Mediocre Britain or Sweden.
Britain is a barren wasteland populated by all sorts of creatures from bears to beowulfs and most notably the following: 29% Celts, 16% Hippopotami, 12% Tony, 14% Colonialists, 10% Perils, 7% Mages 6% Fergie's Arse, 2% Elves, 1,5% Hobbits, 1% Bulldogs, 1% Gentlemen, 0,5% Immortal Highlanders
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 Britain Tours, Great Britain Tours, Great Britain Travel, Britain Travel, Uk Tours
Your Great Britain itinerary might include a stop at legendary Stonehenge, with its massive stone columns that some believe to be 4,000 years old.
Your Great Britain travel plans might also include a stop in Canterbury, which inspired Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." The scenic White Cliffs of Dover may also be a part of your experience.
British Isles tours and Great Britain tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.
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 Great Britain and Gun Control: With Neither Liberty nor Safety   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Great Britain, which gave birth to the great political philosophy of classic liberalism and to America, the flowering of Western civilization, is in moral decline.
Since 1996, when a madman went on a rampage killing 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane, Scotland, Great Britain has tightened to strangulation its already draconian gun control laws so that only certified members of approved target-shooting clubs are allowed to own guns.
Although the U.S. remains ahead of Britain in rates of murder and rape, the gap is rapidly narrowing.
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 BBC NEWS | UK | Stuck in the middle with ewe
The centre of Great Britain is on Brennand Farm
The main technique, which he says dates back to "ancient times", is finding the mid-point along Great Britain's longest line of longitude (which runs from the Orkney Islands in the north to Dorset in the south).
The location of Great Britain's true centre may never be entirely clear because of arguments over what method should be used to calculate it and the fact that Great Britain's shape changes with tides and erosion.
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 The Problems with Government Gun Control
In scenes evocative of A Clockwork Orange, cities across Great Britain are being increasingly terrorized by bands of young thugs who beat, rob, shoot, and rape their way to the top of the criminal food chain.
While Great Britain's violent crime rate is lower than that of the U.S., the incidence of violent crime in England and Wales has more than doubled in the past ten years during which gun and knife control laws have been on the books.
Britain's systematic removal of all self-protection weapons from its citizens has made it nearly impossible for people to defend themselves.
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 Great Britain — Infoplease.com
Great Britain, officially United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, constitutional monarchy (2005 est.
Great Britain traffic growth remains slow in second quarter of 2001
Kids jump to it!(thousands of school children jumped on their playgrounds in Great Britain at the same time to see if the Giant Jump......
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 Great Britain Information & Resources | Visiting Britain | United Kingdom
London has produced some of the most successful authors and provided the backdrop for countless novels, so if you want to explore the capital's literary history, perhaps your first stop should be the histo...
GREAT BRITAIN: The island of Great Britain is founded...
A visit to Great Britain can make for the perfect holiday, although some feel that it also invariably leads to an expensive trip.
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