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Chalk white cliffs form an edge of Britain: a starting, and finishing point. The white cliffs provide a memorable example of how the imagination of nations is grounded in rocks. Like the cliffs, inhabitants of Dover and England more generally attempt to fight off 'darkness' in the form of immigrants, who are either damaged, die or are driven out of the town. This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers how the geological substance of national territory itself is used to support ideas of nationhood. It reflects how the categories of science and literature were only beginning to take shape in the nineteenth century. The book builds on well-established connections between these fields to show how geology and poetry together engage with rocks as a basis for perceiving Celtic nations and native races as distinct from England.

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Rocks of nation

The imagination of Celtic Cornwall

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