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Spatial representations of Luxembourg are intrinsically linked to the master narrative analysed in the first chapters of this book. The master narrative attempts to make sense of ever-changing borders by linking them to Luxembourg's progress from birth, through hardship to resurrection. After a period of growth in the Middle Ages, the territory was marked by 'three dismemberments' that symbolise the decline and loss during the 'foreign dominations'. The tropes of 'monarchical fidelity' and 'foreign dominations' are part of the centripetal logic as they have been deployed to give the 'Luxembourgian' territory a sense of historical continuity by linking it to the various people who have inhabited it over time. The representation of Luxembourg's position within the larger political frameworks is equally revealing. Nineteenth and early twentieth-century historiography saw the fourteenth century as a time when Luxembourg colonised Germany-an inversion of real power relations at the time of writing.

Keywords: germany; Luxembourg; Middle Ages; political frameworks; spatial representations; twentieth-century



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