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date: 17 September 2019

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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

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