Celts (modern)

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A Celtic identity emerged in the Celtic nations of Western Europe in the course of the 19th-century Celtic Revival, taking the form of ethnic nationalism particularly within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, where the Irish Home Rule Movement results in the secession of an Irish Free State in 1922. After World War II, the focus of the Celticity movement shifted to linguistic revival and protectionism, e.g. with the foundation of the Celtic League in 1961, dedicated to preserving the surviving Celtic languages.

Since the Enlightenment, the term Celtic has been applied to a wide variety of peoples and cultural traits present and past. Today, Celtic (Modern Celts to genealogy and family history researchers) is often used in order to describe the people, and their respective cultures and languages:i.e. the Bretons, the Cornish, the Irish (especially the Gaeltacht), the Manx people, the Scots and the Welsh (Cymry), i.e. the members of the modern "Celtic nations". Except for the Bretons (if discounting Norman & Channel Islander connections), all groups mentioned have been subject to strong Anglicisation since the Early Modern period, and are hence are also described as participating in an Anglo-Celtic macro-culture. By the same token, the Bretons have been subject to strong Frenchification since the Early Modern period, and can similarly be described as...
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