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Jean-François Drolet

symbolic essence of his treatise on the sovereign territorial state. Hobbes’s confused choice of biblical creature reflected his blindness to the political passage from land to sea that had been in the process of transforming England since the Elizabethan era. As Schmitt points out, the Hobbesian ideal of the state realised itself on the Continent, mainly in France and in Prussia, but never in England: ‘The English Isle and its world-​conquering seafaring needed no absolute monarchy, no standing land army, no state bureaucracy, no legal system of a law state such as

in American foreign policy