lecture 1 - Lecture 1 02/01/2011 Introduction What is...

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Lecture 1 02/01/2011 Introduction What is “Europe”?—Europe as a constructed cultural term It is difficult to define Europe in a simple geographical, economical, political, religious, linguistic or other cultural framework. Europe changed in the 20th Century with the fall of the Iron Curtain. 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 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 . However, other religions existed in Europe. Spain had Islam as the dominant religion for about 800 years. Greek philosophy made its way into Europe through translations into Arabic in Baghdad, and then through Arabic-speaking scholars of Spain (Avicenna, etc). Eurocentrism
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course EUR 101 taught by Professor Westphalen during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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