Medievalism, Brexit, and the Myth of Nations

Elliott, Andrew B.R. (2020) Medievalism, Brexit, and the Myth of Nations. In: Studies in Medievalism. Boydell & Brewer, pp. 31-38. ISBN 978-1-84384-556-0

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Almost twenty years ago, in the The Myth of Nations, Patrick Geary wrote of a crisis of European identity in the fallout from the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, with new nation-states emerging from the wreckage of a twentieth-century reconfiguration of Europe. Witnessing the emergence of separatist movements within and across those nation-states, the rise of micro-nationalism, and the widespread fear of instability and apparently revived Barbarian hordes, Geary observed that the medieval period “has become the fulcrum of political discourse across much of Europe.” As Robert Bartlett similarly noted, for medievalists and politicians alike, nations are not concrete objects but, rather, “Europe is both a region and an idea.”

Keywords:Brexit, Brexit referendum, Medievalism, Nationalism, Theories of nationalism, Medieval history, popular newspapers, Crusades
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:40494
Deposited On:07 May 2020 08:48

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