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¥1,700,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,700,000)
Fiscal Year 2002: ¥700,000 (Direct Cost: ¥700,000)
Fiscal Year 2001: ¥1,000,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,000,000)
"Englishness" is a concept clearly noticed toward the end of the 19^<th> century and at the beginning of the 20^<th> century, but its origin as a British system under the hegemony of England seems to be in the Elizabethan age. This research examines the concept from the cultural viewpoint of nationalism.
The patriotic nationalism in the age is reflected in the publication of so many chronicles and other historical writings, the making of several national maps, the attachment to the English language and the growing reliance on it, in which a number of literary works and plays began to be written, and the cult of the portraits of Queen Elizabeth. They were utilized to reinforce the Queen's regime and to claim the legitimacy of the Tudor Dynasty. The second tetralogy by Shakespeare is obliged to have such a mission. Especially, Henry V, which represents the unity of Wales, Scotland and Ireland to help England against France, shows the exalted nationalism of the English people in the Elizabethan age. This research concludes that this unity is an optimistic fantasy considering the realty of the time, and that the play implies social unrest deep in Elizabethan England.