Lecture 1 - Russian conservative Slavophil rulers....

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
01/29/2008 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. 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. Kasparov (the former world chess champion) leads the fight for westernization of Russia. He is in opposition to president Putin who represents the long tradition of
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Russian conservative Slavophil rulers. Similarities such as shared economy, Christendom and linguistic root (Latin) help to shape the idea of Europe. However, diversity can exist within the similarities While we cant easily answer the question What is Europe, we can answer the question where Europe came from. Eurocentrism 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. Classical Heritage one way to study Europe as one unit with shared traits Greek Homeric Epics: Iliad and Odyssey Christianity European self-conception of Christendom. Christendom defined itself in opposition to Islam....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EUR 101 taught by Professor Westphalen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online