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Lecture 1 09/02/2008 Introduction What is “Europe”?—Europe as a constructed n cultural term It is difficult to define Europe in a simple geographical, economical, political, religious, linguistic e e or other cultural framework e . Europe changed in the 20th Century with the fall of the Iron Curtain e e e e e s z r 6 . Georgia is referred to as a European country now, but it wasn’t so only a few years ago. Half of Russia is in Europe and half is in Asia. Europe is a subcontinent e of Eurasia. Why are Europe and Asia separated? (Geologically there are 6 continents, but politically sometimes they are seen as 7) => has to do with culture and politics, not geology. Russia presents a problem in defining it as European or Asian. Christendom e . However, other religions existed in Europe. Spain had Islam as the dominant
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Unformatted text preview: e religion for about 800 years. Greek philosophy made its way into Europe through translations into Arabic in Baghdad e , and then through Arabic-speaking scholars of Spain (Avicenna, etc). • Eurocentrism p d t ( tends to see Europe as the center of the world. Yet the problem is it tends to emphasize the more industrialized West than the East. • Democracy. Imperialism e . • The word Europe is derived e from a mythological e figure Europa who lived in Phoenicia and then was kidnapped by Zeus and moved to Crete giving birth to Minos (the old name of Crete) . The idea of movement from the Old World to the New World is important. Also important is the idea of violence which is at the core of the European experience. Heroic legacy e ....
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