Europe: A Cultural History

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Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 516 pages
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'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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Dutch historian Rietbergen (Univ. of Nijmegen) offers a broad historical summary of European societal development over the last 5000 years. Religion gets very close attention, as do certain seminal ... Read full review

Contents

sedentary society
3
the first wave
10
the second wave
19
A marginal culture? Tribal society in Celtic Europe
30
the effects and limits of cultural
38
An empire lost an empire won? Christianity and
58
Towards one religion for all
81
western
102
migration travel and the diffusion
259
the Republic of Letters as a virtual
284
from Humanism to the Enlightenment
301
PART IV
321
nationalism economic
349
JACOB
363
Europe and the other worlds
374
The Decline of the Occident the loss of a dream?
398

One world many traditions Elite culture
119
The worlds of Europe c 14001800
159
PART
175
Europe as a wider world
194
Europe and the wider world since
227
Towards a new Europe?
422
Epilogue
457
Notes
469
Index
502
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Rietbergen is professor of Modern history at the Universiteit of Nijmegen, Netherlands.

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