Now in its fourth edition, this leading textbook has been extensively revised to reflect the sweeping changes the past decade have brought to Europe and to incorporate new research in the field. Hailed for its creativity and intellectual depth, the book for the first time combines lead author Terry Jordan-Bychkov's decades of first-hand experience in Western and Central Europe and Bella Bychkova Jordan's expertise on European Russia to provide a comprehensive view of the region as a whole.
The authors employ a humanistic geographical approach that is ideally suited to facilitate understanding of this ancient, complex culture. Their topical organization—including environment, religion, language, geogenetics, demography, geopolitics, industry, and urban and rural life—offers students a holistic understanding of the diverse European culture area. The final chapter offers a fitting capstone with its unique regional classification that pulls together all the strands of the narrative.
Inclusive, intellectual, rich in ideas, lively, controversial, humanistic, and above all interesting, The European Culture Area is the text of choice for courses on the geography of Europe.
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Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov (1938-2003) was Walter Prescott Webb Professor of History and Ideas in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas, Austin. Bella Bychkova Jordan is an instructor in the Department of Geography and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.Review:
The fourth edition continues and updates the high standards set by the earlier work. It contains the latest information available on this region of extraordinary dynamism in the last decade of the twentieth century, set within the context of contemporary regional scholarship. This new edition is the only logical choice for a European textbook available for those of us who teach semester-length courses. (Ary J. Lamme III, University of Florida)
The latest edition of The European Culture Area is one of the best introductory regional geography texts I have seen. Through a thoughtful and effective interweaving of history and geography, the authors provide an insightful portrait of the evolving European scene. Remarkably, maps are no mere afterthought in this book; stories are told in and through maps in a fashion that makes this a truly geographical work. (Alexander B. Murphy, University of Oregon)
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