Social Imaginaries of Space
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Social Imaginaries of Space

Concepts and Cases

Bernard Debarbieux

Travelling through various historical and geographical contexts, Social Imaginaries of Space explores diverse forms of spatiality, examining the interconnections which shape different social collectives. Proposing a theory on how space is intrinsically linked to the making of societies, this book examines the history of the spatiality of modern states and nations and the social collectives of Western modernity in a contemporary light.
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Chapter 5: Case 2: England at the time of the Tudors and Stuarts, or the self-representation of the modern state

Bernard Debarbieux


Between the publication of Utopia and Leviathan, England lived through the reigns of the Tudor and then the Stuart dynasties. Historians see in the reign of the last Tudor, Elizabeth I (1558–1603) the first apogee of the English State and the emergence of an archetypal model of the modern state. This is just one way of qualifying this rise. To be precise, some other features characterize this period: the rapid growth in the British population; the first sign of the agricultural revolution and the first overseas forays; the victory against the Spanish Armada and the beginning of the British reign over the oceans, etc.

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