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The European Culture Area

Now in a fully updated fifth edition, this premier text has been thoroughly revised to reflect the sweeping changes the past decade has brought to Europe. Long hailed for its creativity and intellectual depth, the book is now further enriched by the expertise of a new lead author, noted geographer Alexander B. Murphy. In this edition, he has focused on Europe's role in the wider world and incorporated new research and teaching approaches in regional geography. The book employs a cultural-historical approach that is ideally suited to facilitate understanding of Europe's ancient, complex geographical character. Its topical organization-including environment, ethnicity, religion, language, demography, politics, industry, and urban and rural life-offers students a holistic understanding of the diverse European culture area. Inclusive, intellectual, rich in ideas, lively, interesting, and humanistic, The European Culture Area remains the text of choice for courses on the geography of Europe.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Europe? Chapter 2: Habitat Chapter 3: Demography Chapter 4: The Pattern of Languages Chapter 5: The Geography of Religion Chapter 6: The European State System Chapter 7: Land and Life in the Rural Sector Chapter 8: Manufacturing and Industry Chapter 9: The Service and Information Economy Chapter 10: The European City Chapter 11: Europe's Changing Social and Economic Geography Chapter 12: Whither European Integration?

About the Author

Alexander B. Murphy is professor of geography and Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. 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 lecturer in the Department of Geography and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.


This book captures the cultural and historical essence of European geography. The latest edition uses vivid images and impressive maps to highlight the geographical landscapes and patterns of this region. The authors' approach challenges readers to engage with the dynamic nature of Europe in the global economic and political arenas as well as in its diverse ethnic and social realms. In short, The European Culture Area offers an important critical perspective on the geographic relevance of Europe. -- Ann M. Oberhauser, West Virginia University The authors have carefully considered the best way to capture the themes so vital to understanding today's Europe. Well organized, approachable, and enlightening. -- David H. Kaplan, Kent State University The new edition expertly refines Jordan-Bychkov's wonderfully readable approach to the formation of modern Europe. It retains the masterful historical detail and clear cartography that were hallmarks of previous editions. Most importantly, the authors have brought the text up to date by rendering the contemporary forces reshaping Europe-and our means of understanding these changes-in keeping with the cultural-historical approach that students need for understanding the region. -- Carl T. Dahlman, Miami University I am immensely impressed with The European Culture Area. Much more than a geography textbook, it's become essential background for my teaching on contemporary European politics. Besides offering a highly informative discussion of conventional geography as a non-specialist thinks of it, the book's topical chapters on demography, social and ethnic groups; religion; the European state system; and European integration all are deeply researched and deftly and fairly written. -- Ronald Tiersky, Amherst College Without any doubt, this is by far the best undergraduate textbook on the geography of Europe on the market. This latest edition of The European Culture Area continues to excel in its thorough historical-geographic topical approach to explain the fundamentals of European geography. At the same time, the book explores the latest developments in Europe and how interactions with other world regions and the global economy have affected these developments. -- Petr Pavlinek, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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