A Short History of the British Isles II  

GB_Cple 66M/55F  
944 posts
7/7/2006 12:32 am

Last Read:
7/22/2006 12:06 am

A Short History of the British Isles II

These Isles have inhabited by many differant peoples thoughout it's history, we know little about them, as the first written records come from the Romans, but the academics are discovering more as time goes by.

We do know that around 4000 BC the "Beaker Folk" arrived, they were spread across Europe and remains of their culture are to be found from Spain to Austria.

We know of the Picts in Scotland, and later the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo Saxons, the Normans, and many decades of Viking and Norse invaders all left their mark, and it is from all these tribes that have migrated, invaded and conquered that we are desended from.

It would be wrong to assume that one tribe or another wiped out the other. We know that the Romans for example were made up of many differant tribes from within the Roman Empire, as were the Celts and the germanic Anglo-Saxons, and we know that conquered tribes assimulated with their overlords, intermarried and settled with another, and often adopted each others customs and beliefes.

This mixing of tribes and races over many hundreds and thousands of years really makes a mockery of nationalities and national pride.
Nationality today really means that we or our parents and grandparants were born within a particular national border, and has very little to do with which tribe we belong to.

However many of these ancient peoples influences has remained with us today, the most strongest is that of the Celts, who's customs, traditions, music, dance, folklore and crafts still live on in in mainly the outer regions of Britain, but are most preserved thought Ireland.



GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3046 posts
7/7/2006 4:10 am

would you like to expand on that Queen ?


QueenOfSwords 34F

7/7/2006 1:59 am

"Nationality today really means that we or our parents and grandparants were born within a particular national border, and has very little to do with which tribe we belong to".
Sorry, but I think that is a very Eurocentric view of the world. Its simply not true of peoples in Africa, The Middle East, India, Pakistan, most of Asia, Nuigini, South America, etc.


Become a member to create a blog