Cultural landscape represents desires and needs, custom and forms of justice of the people who made them. Yet landscapes of this sort tended to get in the way of the imperial ambitions of any number of European monarchs and lesser royals. Their denizens tended to defend them and to resent their loss. Seeds of change of the landscape polity and modes of representation in the landscape were found in the landscape itself, since the physical environment was the reflection of the political landscape.
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