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Title: Of navies and navels: Britain as a mental island
Authors: Law, Alex
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Settlement and movement
Natural and geometric boundaries
Island nations
Maritime identity
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Wiley-Blackwell, available from DOI: 10.1111/j.0435-3684.2005.00198.x
Citation: Law, A. 2005. Of navies and navels: Britain as a mental island. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. 87(4): pp.267-277. Available from DOI: 10.1111/j.0435-3684.2005.00198.x
Abstract: In this paper, the conception of .Great Britain. — a wholly unsatisfactory nomenclature — as an island nation is examined. In this case, a relatively small land mass acted as an originary point of departure for outward-bound Great Power projections across the open spaces of seas. This paper further explores the varied implications for nationalism within Britain of the diverse island 'roots' of the British navel and the 'routes' of British navalism. Three themes recur in the popular mobilization of British maritime island nationalism: the besieged island, the island as universal exemplar of civilization, and the navy as national protector. Some consideration is given to the significance of island symbols such as Britannia as a marker of the fate of great island nationalism
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/542
ISSN: 0435-3684
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