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Zaidi defined the economic core area of West Pakistan by mapping levels of agricultural productivity, the intensity ofmarket potential, the magnitude ofmanufacturi ng and the degree of urbanisation. 23 4. Some states incIude areas where, for historical and cultural reasons, separatist sentiments are strongly feIt, usually by anational minority. These feelings may be equally associated with all parts of the minority homeland, as in Scotland or Brittany, or they may be focused on a particular cultural centre wh ich has played a leading role in separatist iconography, such as Kiev in the Ukraine or Zagreb in Croatia.
Oppenheim, astate ' ... 14 The European concept of the state, which by virtue of its sovereignty can recognise no superior authority, and the largely European doctrine of 21 POLITICAL REGIONS AND TIME nationalism were exported to the remainder of the worId and superimposed directly upon existing forms of politico-territorial organisation. The transformation occurred without the prolonged indigenous evolution evident in Europe, and in consequence, in many parts ofthe post-colonial worId, states and tribai divisions are involved in an uneasy coexistence, with the state competing for loyalty with the tribe.
These factors are more amenable to classification than the capitals themselves, and the following appear to be the most significant. I. The traditional factor. Some capitals have retained their function through successive stages in the political history of their states, and have with the passage of time developed a comprehensive range of national symbols; their apparently inalienable right to remain as capital has become imprinted on the minds of people. The importance ofthe traditional factor is exemplified in the case of London, where the capital function was consolidated after the Norman invasion of 1066.
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