Regions and Communities

Helen Fulton

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Regions and Communities

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This article examines writings about regions and communities in England during the medieval period. It suggests that though a growing sense of nationalism relating to England can undoubtedly be traced from at least the thirteenth century, it is just as true that a sense of regionalism in England, Wales, and Scotland remained a powerful source of political and cultural identity throughout the Middle Ages and well into the period of the nation-state in Europe. It explains that while region defines a geographical area, community refers to a sense of common social and cultural identity which resists the territorialism of either nation or region.

Keywords: regions; communities; medieval period; nationalism; regionalism; England; Wales; Scotland; political identity; cultural identity

Article.  11449 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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