Talk:Norse activity in the British Isles

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See the article Viking Age and its associated talk page. Allens (talk) 17:13, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

"British Isles"[edit]

The Vikings never used the term "British Isles", which is a British imperialist invention that can be dated no earlier than a John Dee tract in 1577 that claimed Ireland for the English crown. Does the person who wrote this article, and who has started articles across Wikipedia with the political name "British Isles" in the title, have any evidence for Viking use of this term? Of course not. Britopedia 1; Creation of a historically-accurate npov article: 0. (talk) 13:29, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

The Vikings never used the words England, Ireland, Scotland or Invasion either. However the article includes Ireland so British Isles is a collective term for those islands. Canterbury Tail talk 14:44, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
As creator of this article (and part of the international Irish diaspora), I should specify that on a personal level I too dislike the term "British Isles", given its imperialist connotations and the manner in which it labels both Ireland and the Isle of Man as "British". However, the term is nevertheless internationally accepted as the geographically appropriate term for referring to those particular islands off of the coast of North-Western Europe, and for that reason is appropriate for use on Wikipedia. If an appropriate alternative is developed and becomes widely recognised (i.e. Atlantic Archipelago), then I would be more than happy to champion its use here on Wikipedia in articles like this. But, I should point out, the Norse themselves wouldn't have used Atlantic Archipelago either. Midnightblueowl (talk) 11:12, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi. I am totally in line with Midnightbueowls post. There was a similar (and quite extensive) discussion on the page Vikings and I expressed similar views. As a curiosity, I would like to add, that it would be interesting to know what the Vikings (to use that word in the broadest sense) actually called these isles? Perhaps there is an Old Norse word for it? Perhaps the Sagas use some specific word for it? If anybody happens to know, it would be interesting to add this info. RhinoMind (talk) 21:38, 19 December 2015 (UTC)