The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment (Texts in Regional Geography)

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Offering a comprehensive introduction to European geography, this timely text is as authoritative as it is richly nuanced and engaging. The authors analyze the ongoing process of integration that is giving new meaning to the idea of being European, while also delineating the important subregional differences that exist among the continent's people and places. Coverage encompasses the entire region: its physical setting and environment; population and migration; work and leisure; language and religion; and political organization. Particular attention is given to the historic evolution and contemporary features of the urban environments in which the majority of Europeans live their daily lives. Combining vivid description, essential information, and cogent analysis, the text is illustrated with 200 photographs and over 45 maps.

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Robert C. Ostergren is Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin/n-/Madison. He has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in Europe, and is the author of many publications about European and North American cultural and historical geography, including the prize-winning book [i]A Community Transplanted: The Transatlantic Experience of a Swedish Immigrant Settlement in the Upper Middle West, 1835/n-/1915[/i]. In 1998 his university honored him with the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

John G. Rice is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Educated in the United States and Sweden, Professor Rice has invested a long and distinguished career in the study of European population and culture and has traveled widely in the region over a period of almost 50 years. Of particular interest to him have been questions in the fields of ethnic studies and historical demography. His writings have focused on 19th-century Swedish population movements, especially those to North America.

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1. Introduction: Europe as a Culture Realm
I. People and Environment
2. European Environments
3. Population
4. Human-Environment Interaction
II. Culture and Identity
5. Language
6. Religion
7. The Political Landscape
III. Towns and Cities
8. Cities and Urban Life to World War I
9. Modern and Postmodern Urbanism
IV. Work and Leisure
10. Making a Living
11. Consumption, Leisure, and Popular Culture
12. Epilogue: European Futures

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