Albion
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Albion

(Celtic: white-land) Earliest known name given to the island of Great Britain by Greek geographers of the 5th century BC, transmitted by the Roman poet Avianus. In Roman times the term was also associated with the white cliffs of Dover (Lat. albus = white). During the Middle Ages, “Albion” came to be used as a synonym for the Kingdom of England, and later the British Empire, most often in a negative connotation as “perfidious Albion.” This derogatory slogan has its origins in France, where it can be traced as far back as the 14th…

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Reimann, Aribert, “Albion”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0009>
First published online: 2015



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