'From about 13,000 BC it began to get warmer in Europe..' begins this all-encompassing survey of European cultural history. This book is a major and original contribution to the idea of Europe and its formation, from its Celtic and German origins, the influence of the Greeks and the Romans, the role of Christianity and the fruitful, if sometimes bloody, contacts with other cultures such as Islam.
Peter Rietbergen portrays Europe's history as a series of four grand phases of continuity and change set in the context of political, social and economic developments. A large selecton of illuminating excerpts are included to support the arguments. Europe is comprehensive, thorough and highly readable, and it will provide a stimulus for discussion among students and general readers alike.
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Peter Rietbergen is Professor of Modern History at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Europe--a present with a past
Continuity and change: new ways of surviving
1. Before 'Europe': towards an agricultural and sedentary society
2. Rome and its empire: the effects and limits of cultural integration
3. An empire lost-an empire won? Christianity and the Roman Empire
Continuity and change: new forms of belief
4. Towards one religion for all
5. Three worlds around the Inner Sea: western Christendom, eastern Christendom and Islam
6. One world, many traditions. Elite culture and popular cultures: cosmopolitan norms and regional variations
Interlude: The worlds of Europe, c.1400-1800
Continuity and change: new ways of looking at man and the world
7. A new society: Europe's changing views of man
8. A new society: Europe as a wider world
9. A new society: Europe and the wider world since the fifteenth century
10. A new society: migration, travel and the diffusion and integration of culture in Europe
11. A new society: the 'Republic of Letters' as a virtual and virtuous world against a divided world
12. A new society: from Humanism to the Enlightenment
Continuity and change: new forms of consumption and communication
13. Europe's revolutions: freedom and consumption for all?
14. Progress and its discontents: nationalism, economic growth and the question of cultural certainties
15. Europe and the other worlds
16. The 'Decline of the Occident'-the loss of a dream? From the nineteenth to the twentieth century
17. Towards a new Europe? EPILOGUE:
Europe--a present with a future
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