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    Leyland is offline Newbie
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    The practice of using capital cities to refer to a country's regime or government

    How long has this practice existed in English? Are there parallels in other languages?

    When reading history or politics books for instance, I'll often see phrases like:

    The relations between Vienna and Belgrade were at an all-time low.


    How long has this been around, and how did it originate?

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    Re: The practice of using capital cities to refer to a country's regime or government

    An explanation for the practice of using capital cities to refer to a country's regime or government can be found here.

    From Wikipedia: With the rise of the modern nation-state, the capital city has become a symbol for the state and its government, and imbued with political meaning. Unlike medieval capitals, which were declared wherever a monarch held his or her court, the selection, relocation, founding, or capture of a modern capital city is a highly symbolic event.

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