Comments on: The Crescent and Sacred Green: A Postscript to the Arab Flags Series http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/ Speak Victorian, Think Pagan Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:12:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 By: ComingAnarchy.com » The Nordic and British Crosses of Europe http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394559 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 03:59:45 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394559 [...] on my post on the flags of the Muslim world, by popular request I now write on the flags of Northern Europe that contain crosses, and briefly [...]

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By: nm http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394554 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 11:30:56 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394554 Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, the Comoros, and the Maldives could be added to the list.

As for Europe, I think, it’s all much simpler: flags with the cross are either genuinely very old (England, Denmark, Switzerland) or modelled after them (e.g. Finland). Meanwhile, most “tricolours” (The Netherlands and Austria being the exceptions) were created much later, when civic nationalism prevailed over religious sentiments (with the notable exception of Greece).
The Georgian five-cross flag, while recent in its current official status, is also based on a mediaeval design.

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By: M. N. Silva http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394548 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 07:57:43 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394548 It depends.

Portugal’s first flag was a cross and its coat-of-arms still reflects it. France and Spain had crosses in their military flags. France’s was a white cross in blue, and Spain has a red X cross during the Habsburgs.

It also has something to do with the need for a national narrative. Catholic countries are generally older than northern European ones and so religion was not such a big component of their national identity.

I’d say Italy and Spain would be the exceptions to this, given their states’ modern incarnation. Italy’s flag carried a cross during the first decades and up to the end of Mussolini’s regime.

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By: tdaxp http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394537 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 20:54:09 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394537 Generally those European countries with crosses have it on their flags to emphasize their ‘Christianity,’ as opposed to the ‘Whore-of-Babylon’ worship of Catholic countries.

Catholic countries, having always assumed that they were Christian, did not feel the need to advertise this.

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By: Curzon http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394534 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 19:27:01 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394534 The Sky Blue in Azerbaijian is not uncommon — it also appears in the flags of Somalia, Oman, and some of the Central Asian states…

Perhaps a post on the crosses that appear in flags is in the making…

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By: elisson http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394533 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 18:30:05 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394533 A.R.W./ All Nordic cross flags derive from the Danish Dannebrog—the world’s oldest state flag still in use—and the cross symbolizes christianity. According to legend, the Danish flag fell from heaven during a crusade in Estonia.

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By: Alfred Russel Wallace http://cominganarchy.com/2010/07/05/the-crescent-and-sacred-green-a-postscript-to-the-arab-flags-series/comment-page-1/#comment-394532 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 17:07:02 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9213#comment-394532 No wonder Armenia feels under threat – I hadn’t realized that Azerbaijan’s flag was so flagrantly Islamic.
Quite a few flags have crosses – England’s is the Cross of St. George, and is clearly Christian. The flags of Georgia, Tonga and Switzerland have Christian roots, but I am not so sure about the Scandinavian ones…. any thoughts??.

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