January 18, 2023

World Spotlight: Great Britain & the United Kingdom

Last Updated on October 24, 2022

United Kingdom

Great Britain—England, Scotland, and Wales—was established in 1707. Around a century later, together Great Britain and Ireland formed the United Kingdom though, today, only Northern Ireland remains part of the UK. The Library of Congress uses Great Britain in both descriptive and subject cataloging as the conventional form for the United Kingdom. Learning about Great Britain can help students better understand the foundations of U.S. culture and government.

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Northern Ireland

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