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Shakespeare and European Politics
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1269  Tuesday, 24 June 2003

From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 2003 17:35:03 +0100
Subject: 14.1230 Shakespeare and European Politics
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1230 Shakespeare and European Politics

Does anyone think that Shakespeare's plays and poems are a prelude to
the sort of Euro-fanaticism currently screeching its credo to many of us
in the UK today?  One of the greatest gifts from Shakespeare is his
political universality.  He was as typically English as he was a citizen
of the world with no reference to creating a Euro-Empire run by
Germany.  His references to Italy, for instance, were for the culture
and fashion of the time and not to their system of government.  These
European cities were setting for great human stories - they could have
been Martian for all he cared.  What bothers me is that some may take
this conference as in some way associating Shakespeare's work with the
formation of a Euro-State.

SAM SMALL

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