History UsefulNotes / Europe

16th May '17 9:28:28 AM nombretomado
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25th Apr '17 2:27:55 PM FireCrawler2002
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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. Likewise the names of every other continent and most nations and landmasses were coined by Europeans in ancient, medieval and modern times. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.

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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North [[UsefulNotes/NorthAmerica North]] and South America, UsefulNotes/SouthAmerica, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania UsefulNotes/{{Oceania}} to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. Likewise the names of every other continent and most nations and landmasses were coined by Europeans in ancient, medieval and modern times. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.



Since the designation of lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental state that extends from Eastern Europe all the way across North Asia to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, North Korea and the United States of America. Turkey is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons is generally not considered European. There are also other states that are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia), despite being in the case of the latter two geographically entirely Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. What defines Europe is the common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are unambiguous to non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.

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Since the designation of lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental state that extends from Eastern Europe all the way across North Asia to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, North Korea and the United States of America. Turkey UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}} is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons is generally not considered European. There are also other states that are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia), despite being in the case of the latter two geographically entirely Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. What defines Europe is the common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are unambiguous to non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.
23rd Apr '17 12:59:29 PM JulianLapostat
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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. Likewise the names of every other continent and most nations and landmasses were coined by Europeans in ancient, medieval or modern times. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.

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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. Likewise the names of every other continent and most nations and landmasses were coined by Europeans in ancient, medieval or and modern times. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.
23rd Apr '17 12:59:17 PM JulianLapostat
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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.

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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. Likewise the names of every other continent and most nations and landmasses were coined by Europeans in ancient, medieval or modern times. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.
23rd Apr '17 12:35:23 PM FireCrawler2002
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Since the designation of lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental state that extends from Eastern Europe all the way across North Asia to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, North Korea and the United States of America. Turkey is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons is generally not considered European. There are also other states are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia), despite being in the case of the latter two geographically entirely Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. What defines Europe is the common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are unambiguous to non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.

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Since the designation of lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental state that extends from Eastern Europe all the way across North Asia to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, North Korea and the United States of America. Turkey is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons is generally not considered European. There are also other states that are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia), despite being in the case of the latter two geographically entirely Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. What defines Europe is the common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are unambiguous to non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.
23rd Apr '17 12:34:12 PM FireCrawler2002
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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium, nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric" coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.

Europe is considered the center and custodian of "Western civilization", burdened with a civilizing mission that often undergirded its conquests and settlements of other lands and peoples. For most philosophers, historians and observers, this label is paradoxical and problematic. On one hand, the Continent boasts an astonishing legacy of cultural, intellectual and social advancement, being the center of UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, the IndustrialRevolution and the scientific revolution, alongside our contemporary UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies. But it is also a continent whose history until very recently had been one of constant violence, warfare, and ghastly atrocities and unspeakable cruelties, indistinguishable in its savagery from those committed by more primitive and underdeveloped societies. Europe has been a battlefield for a large portion of history, and is the primary terrain of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the two most destructive wars. The history of Europe is equal parts glorious and equal parts tragic. Fittingly enough, the name "Europe" is derived from the name of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology mythical]] [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rape victim]] Europa.

Since the designation of lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental sate that extends across the North of Asia all the way to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, Canada and the United States of America. Turkey is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons are not considered European. While other states are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons, (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia) despite being in the case of the latter, geographically entirely Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. What defines Europe is the common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are unambiguous to non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.

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The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the world, Europe in the last millennium, millennium nonetheless became the crucible of contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric" "Eurocentric", coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.

Europe is considered the center and custodian of "Western civilization", burdened with a civilizing mission that often undergirded its conquests and settlements of other lands and peoples. For most philosophers, historians and observers, this label is paradoxical and problematic. On one hand, the Continent boasts an astonishing legacy of cultural, intellectual and social advancement, being the center of UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, the IndustrialRevolution and the scientific revolution, alongside our contemporary UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies. But it is also a continent whose history until very recently had been one of constant violence, warfare, and ghastly atrocities and unspeakable cruelties, indistinguishable in its savagery from those committed by more primitive and underdeveloped societies. Europe has been a battlefield for a large portion of history, and is the primary terrain of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the two most destructive wars.wars so far in history. The history of Europe is equal parts glorious and equal parts tragic. Fittingly enough, the name "Europe" is derived from the name of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology mythical]] [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rape victim]] Europa.

Since the designation of lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental sate state that extends across the North of Asia from Eastern Europe all the way across North Asia to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, Canada North Korea and the United States of America. Turkey is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons are is generally not considered European. While There are also other states are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons, reasons (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia) Armenia), despite being in the case of the latter, latter two geographically entirely Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. What defines Europe is the common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are unambiguous to non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.
20th Apr '17 12:52:10 PM JulianLapostat
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Europe is considered the center and custodian of "Western civilization", burdened with a civilizing mission that often undergirded its conquests and settlements of other lands and peoples. For most philosophers, historians and observers, this label is paradoxical and problematic. On one hand, the Continent boasts an astonishing legacy of cultural, intellectual and social advancement, being the center of UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, the IndustrialRevolution and the scientific revolution, alongside our contemporary UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies. But it is also a continent whose history until very recently had been one of constant violence, warfare, and ghastly atrocities and unspeakable cruelties, indistinguishable in its savagery from those committed by more primitive and underdeveloped societies. Europe has been a battlefield for a large portion of history, and is the primary terrain of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the two most destructive wars of modern history. The history of Europe is equal parts glorious and equal parts tragic. Fittingly enough, the name "Europe" is derived from the name of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology mythical]] [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rape victim]] Europa.

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Europe is considered the center and custodian of "Western civilization", burdened with a civilizing mission that often undergirded its conquests and settlements of other lands and peoples. For most philosophers, historians and observers, this label is paradoxical and problematic. On one hand, the Continent boasts an astonishing legacy of cultural, intellectual and social advancement, being the center of UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, the IndustrialRevolution and the scientific revolution, alongside our contemporary UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies. But it is also a continent whose history until very recently had been one of constant violence, warfare, and ghastly atrocities and unspeakable cruelties, indistinguishable in its savagery from those committed by more primitive and underdeveloped societies. Europe has been a battlefield for a large portion of history, and is the primary terrain of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the two most destructive wars of modern history.wars. The history of Europe is equal parts glorious and equal parts tragic. Fittingly enough, the name "Europe" is derived from the name of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology mythical]] [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rape victim]] Europa.
20th Apr '17 12:42:08 PM JulianLapostat
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Useful Notes on the birthplace of Western civilization, with many famous artists, philosophers, scientists and their inventions originating from Europe, the origin of Democracy being Europe, many of the world's strongest and most famous empires starting and ending in Europe, and European culture, influence and language spreading to most of the world's other continents, particularly English, French and Spanish. Europe is also home to many famous historical landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, etc. Because of this, learning about Europe will also help you understand most of the rest of the world along with it.

Note that some of the states mentioned below are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons, like Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan (near the border between continents, but arguably Asian) or Cyprus and Armenia (geographically entirely Asian), while the "Europeanness" of Russia and Turkey has been disputed for centuries (and in any case, both have the majority of their territory in Asia). In fact, the idea of Europe as a continent is more of a historical holdover than anything that can be objectively justified. There is no continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. Because of this, the exact definition of "Europe" has fluctuated wildly over time - for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain. Areas whose "Europeanness" are open to debate include the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia as a result of this.

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Useful Notes on The [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller sixth largest continent]] of the birthplace world, Europe in the last millennium, nonetheless became the crucible of Western civilization, contemporary civilization. Kingdoms, Empires and states on this continent developed rapidly and progressively in technology, knowledge, society and politics, which coupled with many famous artists, their maritime powers, led them to project themselves across the world. There is little in the world that has not come into contact with Europe, that has not been affected by its policies and its legacies. They are primarily responsible for the settlements of North and South America, and their colonial outposts in these regions (which they called "the New World") have gone on to become major population centers and great nations in their own right. In addition, their colonial conquests played a major role in the modernization and development of Asia, Africa and Oceania to the point that European languages have been exported around the world and are now spoken by far more non-Europeans than Europeans themselves. It is quite impossible to understand our world without a good understanding of European history and society, and the very word "Eurocentric" coined to signify and escape its overwhelming influence, pays homage and reinforces its central role in modern consciousness.

Europe is considered the center and custodian of "Western civilization", burdened with a civilizing mission that often undergirded its conquests and settlements of other lands and peoples. For most
philosophers, scientists historians and their inventions originating from Europe, observers, this label is paradoxical and problematic. On one hand, the origin Continent boasts an astonishing legacy of Democracy cultural, intellectual and social advancement, being Europe, many of the world's strongest center of UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, the IndustrialRevolution and the scientific revolution, alongside our contemporary UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies. But it is also a continent whose history until very recently had been one of constant violence, warfare, and ghastly atrocities and unspeakable cruelties, indistinguishable in its savagery from those committed by more primitive and underdeveloped societies. Europe has been a battlefield for a large portion of history, and is the primary terrain of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the two most famous empires starting and ending in Europe, and European culture, influence and language spreading to most destructive wars of the world's other continents, particularly English, French and Spanish. modern history. The history of Europe is also home to many famous historical landmarks like equal parts glorious and equal parts tragic. Fittingly enough, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, name "Europe" is derived from the Leaning Tower name of Pisa, etc. Because the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology mythical]] [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rape victim]] Europa.

Since the designation
of this, learning about lands as continents is arbitrary, the territorial extent of Europe will also help you understand most of the rest of the world along is largely a political and economic designation rather than a geographical one. Europe's biggest country with it.

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its largest population is UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, which is a transcontinental sate that some of extends across the North of Asia all the way to the Pacific Coast where it shares land and sea borders with Japan, China, Canada and the United States of America. Turkey is another transcontinental state that historically and culturally has played a major role in Europe and Asia but for cultural, nationalistic and religious reasons are not considered European. While other states mentioned below are usually considered European for cultural rather than geographical reasons, like Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan (near the border between continents, but arguably Asian) or (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Armenia (geographically Armenia) despite being in the case of the latter, geographically entirely Asian), while the "Europeanness" of Russia and Turkey has been disputed for centuries (and in any case, both have the majority of their territory in Asia). In fact, the idea of Europe as a continent is more of a historical holdover than anything that can be objectively justified. There Asian. Furthermore, there is no true continental divide between Europe and Asia, (hence "Eurasian tectonic plate") and some even regard Europe as an Asian subcontinent with delusions of grandeur. Because of this, What defines Europe is the exact definition common interconnected intricate history, where various Kingdoms and Empires were at various times colonized, conquered, settled and occupied by one or another, a common experience that they then exported to the rest of "Europe" has fluctuated wildly over time - the planet. So how one defines Europe is likely to speak one's own political and social views -- for example, ''TheIronMan'' includes the line "all the countries of Europe can fit easily into Australia", which may confuse many modern readers unless they know that, to Ted Hughes, "Europe" stopped at the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain. Areas UsefulNotes/IronCurtain -- as much as it is a cold geographical assessment. Even areas whose "Europeanness" are open unambiguous to debate include non-Europeans, such as the [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOfIt British Isles]], Scandinavia, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia west of the Urals, the Caucasus, etc. etc -- are regarded by its own residents as being apart or different from the continent. Europe is also sometimes merged with UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} as Eurasia or UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and Asia as Afro-Eurasia as a result of this.
Afro-Eurasia, which makes geographical sense but is not quite acceptable politically.



The name "Europe" is derived from the name of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology mythical]] [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rape victim]] Europa. Don't ask.
2nd Apr '17 8:07:23 AM TheBigBopper
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