History 5 Lecture 1

History 5 Lecture 1 - History 5 Lecture 1 The Problem of...

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History 5: Lecture 1 The Problem of European Modernity Europe is not a fixed entity—changing borders and features Europe is not a place on a map, it is an idea What is Europe? In the middle ages, it is the center for Christianity What happens with countries in the far east who are Christian or those like the Spanish who are muslim? Search for Prester John and his lost Christian kingdom, a supposed king of a far east Christian kingdom Whole idea of Christianity is that the borders of Christiandom was supposed to grow, and so Europe grew For 19 th Century Europe, there is a state system that defines Europe against the backwater countries of Africa and the Middle East It is now defined by the idea of progress, of industry, and of change Such as the world exhibition and the crystal palace Still very defined by the idea of expansion Europe in the present is now defined by the European Union The EU is an economic union, which gives Europe the capacity to compete
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course HISTORY 5 taught by Professor Hesse during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.

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History 5 Lecture 1 - History 5 Lecture 1 The Problem of...

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