The Anglo-Saxon period includes the creation of the English nation.
The Anglo-Saxon period spanned from 450 to 1066.
In popular usage in and the , the term "Anglo-Saxon" (as in "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant" or "")has evolved into a politicised term with little connection to itsacademic definition. Until about 1960 it described a person of Europeanorigin fitting a certain socio-economic and/or ethnic profile.
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For over a hundred years, the French have used "Anglo-Saxon" to refer to the societies of Britain and the United States, and sometimes (rarely)including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. It is awide-ranging term, taking in the English-speaking world's language,culture, technology, wealth, influence, markets and economy.
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The history of Anglo-Saxon England broadly covers early medievalEngland from the end of Roman rule and the establishment of Anglo-Saxonkingdoms in the 5th century until the Conquest by the in .
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The term 'Anglo-Saxon' did not become common until the eighth century, when people on the continent started using it to distinguish between the inhabitants of Britain and the Saxons who remained in northern Germany.
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of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom began around 600 and was essentiallycomplete in the mid 8th century. Throughout the 7th and 8th centuries,power fluctuated between the larger kingdoms. Bede records as being dominant at the close of the 6th century, but power seems tohave shifted northwards to the kingdom of Northumbria. The so-called'Mercian Supremacy' dominated the 8th century, though again it was notconstant. Aethelbald and , the two most powerful kings, achieved high status. This period has been described as the , though this term has now fallen out of academic use. The word arose on the basis that the seven kingdoms of , , , , , and were the main polities of south Britain. More recent scholarship hasshown that several other kingdoms were politically important acrossthis period: , , and Middle Anglia.