Europe_West - Europe Major Characteristics Location - West...

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Europe Major Characteristics Location - West of the Urals - Western extremity of Eurasia - Essentially a great peninsula fringed by lesser peninsulas and islands Size About 3% of the world’s land surface
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Relative Location “Centrality” • At the heart of the land hemisphere • Close to the sea • Easy to develop ocean-borne contacts and trade with other countries • Maritime economy Centered on Hamburg (Azimuthal Equidistant Projection) Economic Growth AGRARIAN REVOLUTION • Began in Europe in the 1750s • Ag. Innovations - increased food production - sustained pop growth INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION • Occurred in UK between 1750-1850 • A major catalyst towards increased urbanization “Europeanness” European people • Are Caucasian • speak one of the Indo-European languages • have a religious tradition of Christianity Terry Jordan (1973) Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov & Bella Bychkova Jordan
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1. well-educated 2. healthy (long life expectancies) 3. well-fed 4. birth and death rates far below world averages (slow pop. growth) 5. annual national income per capita far above the world average 6. predominantly urban 7. industrially oriented economy 8. market-oriented economy 9. excellent transportation system 10. a long history Political Divisions in Europe West Europe about 25 countries Eastern Europe 12 countries (?) Highly fragmented! The Benelux/Low Countries
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