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What is Europe?
Europe= Civilization
(Civilization developed by the Greeks)
1 Voltaire believed that Europe is made up of different states connected by a common
religion and set of ideologies
2 Some people believe Europe is a Geographical are
BUT
In the 1740’s the boundary of Europe Changed;
And Catherine the Great wanted Russia to be a European state but many people did
not agree.
Even today many countries are applying to be part of the European Union
So what is Europe?? If it’s not a Geographical area (no real borders) and it cannot be
connected by one set of ideologies or religion?
EUROPE IS AN IDEA NOT A PLACE
What is European History then?
Whatever the historian wants it to be
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