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Early modern Britain and Ireland

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Early Modern Britain and Ireland is a period from the 15th-century Tudor Renaissance to the British Industrial Revolution which began in the 18th century.


Britain and Ireland historical travel topics:
CeltsMedievalEarly modernIndustrialBritish Empire

The Early Modern period saw England's and Scotland's participation in the Age of Discovery, the Protestant Reformation, and the foundation of the United Kingdom and the British Empire.

Britain rivalled European great powers such as the Dutch Empire, the Spanish Empire, and the Kingdom of France, while the Portuguese Empire became a long-time ally.

The early modern period can be held to begin with the Tudor Renaissance in 1485, as the Hundred Years and the War of the Roses were followed by a period of stability and innovation. The late 18th century with the Seven Years War and the American War of Independence heralded the modern era.


Map showing the present-day United Kingdom and Ireland
  • 1 London. Capital of England, and later the United Kingdom and the British Empire. Ravaged by the 1666 fire, and rebuilt as a modern imperial capital. London (Q84) on Wikidata London on Wikipedia
  • 2 Edinburgh. Capital of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Enlightenment. Old Town (Q591133) on Wikidata Old Town, Edinburgh on Wikipedia
  • 3 Glasgow. Britain's port to the North Atlantic. Glasgow (Q4093) on Wikidata Glasgow on Wikipedia
  • 4 Stratford-upon-Avon. Birthplace of William Shakespeare, Britain's most famous playwright. Stratford-upon-Avon (Q189288) on Wikidata Stratford-upon-Avon on Wikipedia

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