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Britain as a maritime civilisation: economy, culture and place in the making of a seafaring nation

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Abstract


  • Civilisation, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, is: "The culture, society, and way of life of a particular country, region, epoch or group". How do we define and distinguish between different civilisations across time and geography? In this paper I argue that Britain, from about the Tudor sixteenth century, was overwhelmingly characterised as a maritime civilisation. Shipping and the sea permeated through all aspects of British life - economic, social, cultural, political, and geographic.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Ville, S. (2017). Britain as a maritime civilisation: economy, culture and place in the making of a seafaring nation. Ocean Discourse, 6 241-268.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4185&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3173

Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 241

End Page


  • 268

Volume


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Korea

Abstract


  • Civilisation, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, is: "The culture, society, and way of life of a particular country, region, epoch or group". How do we define and distinguish between different civilisations across time and geography? In this paper I argue that Britain, from about the Tudor sixteenth century, was overwhelmingly characterised as a maritime civilisation. Shipping and the sea permeated through all aspects of British life - economic, social, cultural, political, and geographic.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Ville, S. (2017). Britain as a maritime civilisation: economy, culture and place in the making of a seafaring nation. Ocean Discourse, 6 241-268.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4185&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3173

Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 241

End Page


  • 268

Volume


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Korea