Who Do We Think We Are ?

A very English Sport
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According to Wikipedia, English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speaks the English language the English identity as of early medieval origin when they were known in Old English as the angel’ s’en family of the angles their ethnonym –is derived from the angles one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the fifth century AD

England, as one of the countries of the United Kingdom and the majority of people living there are British citizens the English largely descend from two main historical population groups the earlier Celtic Britons or Bry Shawne’s and the Germanic tribes who settled in Britain following the withdrawal of the Romans the Angles Saxons Jutes and Friesians collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons they founded what was to become the kingdom of England from the Old English England by the early 10th century in response to the invasion and minor settlement of Danes beginning in the late 9th century this was followed by the Norman conquest and limited settlement of Anglo-Normans in England in the latter 11th century in the acts of Union 1707 the kingdom of England was succeeded by the Kingdom of Great Britain over the years English customs and identity have become fairly closely aligned with British customs and identity in general today many English people have recent forebears from other parts of the United Kingdom while some are also descended from more recent immigrants from other European countries and from the Commonwealth.


The English people are the source of the English language the Westminster system the common law system and numerous major sports such as cricket football rugby union rugby league and tennis. These and other English cultural characteristics have spread worldwide in part as a result of the former British Empire topic English nationality the concept of an English nation as opposed to a British one has become increasingly popular after the devolution process in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland resulted in the Four Nations having semi-independent political and legal systems although England itself has no devolved government the 1990s witnessed a rise in English self-consciousness this is linked to the expressions of national self-awareness of the other British nations of Wales in Scotland which take their most solid form in the new devolved political arrangements within the United Kingdom and the waning of a shared British national identity with the growing distance between the end of the British Empire and the present.

Many recent immigrants to England have assumed a solely British identity while others have developed dual or mixed identities use of the word English to describe Britons from ethnic minorities in England is complicated by most non-white people in England identifying as British rather than English in their 2004 annual population survey the Office for National Statistics compared the ethnic identities of British people with their perceived national identity they found that while 58 per cent of white people in England described their nationality as English the vast majority of non-white people called themselves British….

Thanks to Wikipedia for this info.









Author: Kenneth Eden


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