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Competing Danish and Swedish editions of the Scania province law exemplify the role of textual editing for nation-building in Scandinavia. A Danish province up to the seventeenth century, Scania has since 1658 been Swedish territory. This has made the Scania province law, which dates from the Middle Ages, a cultural heirloom of two nations, weden and Denmark. The editions of the law, which have been produced in both countries from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, express their national bias not only in the introductions but also through elements such as the evaluation of manuscripts, the treatment of text and commentary, and visual codes such as format and layout. On the whole, editing proves to be a means of defining nationality and social identities, fundamentally determined by the editor's preconceptions and prejudices.



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