I beg to differ. Nations are frequently referred to as the motherland or fatherland.Britain is not a person, and is not used in an anthropomorphic context.
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In former times, up to the 1960s or so, countries were always treated as if they were female.Hi all,
Could you help me with this? Britain has positioned herself/itself as a worldwide empire.
Well, truth is, countries aren't people, so "itself" will always be correct and a good safety net. It's just a cultural oddity that some people, especially in the past, would assign genders to countries and ships. Since Laura's text comes from 18th century, then you'd expect to see more of this. However, if she's writing by today's standards, I'm really not sure if assigning genders to countries is used all that much. At least, I can't remember the last time someone referred to Canada as "he/she." Perhaps that's why I personally wouldn't use it. =/I beg to differ. Nations are frequently referred to as the motherland or fatherland.
I don't care for this usage, but it's common. Anthropomorphism, especially in political speeches, is frequent.