England, United Kingdom, The Great Britain: 3 names by which we know that one chunk of mass beside the European continent. But are these 3 just different names for the same thing, or do they all mean separate things? And if they are the same thing, then why do they have 3 separate names? If you have been confused about this, like 90% of the people in the world, we'll help clear things out.
The United Kingdom is not one country. Rather it is a combination of 4 separate countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And Great Britain is not really a political name. It is more of a geographical nomenclature. It represents the landmass of the United Kingdom that contains England, Scotland and Wales. In fact, United Kingdom is a short version for the full name that is ''The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'. Whew.
This video by CGP Grey carefully breaks all of this down and makes the complex geopolitical identity of the United Kingdom pretty easy to understand. Watch it right here: