Europe: A Cultural History
'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
the first wave
the second wave
A marginal culture? Tribal society in Celtic Europe
the effects and limits of cultural
An empire lost an empire won? Christianity and
Towards one religion for all
migration travel and the diffusion
the Republic of Letters as a virtual
from Humanism to the Enlightenment
Europe and the other worlds
The Decline of the Occident the loss of a dream?
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