A sixth edition of this book is now available. 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 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.
The last half century has seen the rise across Europe of a new intermediate level of government and politics, usually referred to as a region. However the term 'region' means many different things and can be approached from many different angles - geographical, historical, cultural, social, economic and political. Although it is in Europe that regionalism as a multiform phenomenon has developed furthest, the European experience resonates in other parts of the world, where some of these elements also exist. In this volume, Michael Keating has selected some of the most significant previously published articles which provide a comprehensive overview of past and current thinking on this subject.
Vert. van : Culture et régions d'Europe Met bibliogr.Met reg. Study of the complex relationship between cultural dynamics and regional development. The analysis of concrete and innovative experiments carried out on a local level throughout Europe, accentuates four major facts : the regions of Europe are essential partners in cultural policy ; the citizens of Europe are, in different ways, creative, and a cultural policy must provide for the expression of this creativity ; the funds available for cultural policy must be considered as an investment rather th an an expenditure, destined to stimulate man's innovative capacity ; cultural policy is a remarkable aid to promoting interregional co- operation.
Now in its fourth edition, this leading text has been extensively revised to reflect the sweeping changes the past decade have brought to Europe and to incorporate new research in the field. Employing a richly topical rather than a mechanistic region-by-region approach, the book simultaneously presents the overarching unity of Europe as a human entity and its underlying internal diversity. Inclusive, intellectual, rich in ideas, lively, controversial, humanistic, and above all interesting, The European Culture Area is the text of choice for courses on the geography of Europe. Visit our website for sample chapters!
Over the last 25 years there has been increasing pressure for the regions to assert their authority. This publication is an overview of regional issues and cultural policy in Europe. It looks at the relationship between cultural identity and a geographical area, regional autonomy, cultural dynamics and administrative devolution of cultural affairs.
At the beginning of a new millennium a new Europe is emerging, but behind this imagination we have to face old problems and unsolved conflicts of our historical past. The collapse of socialism in Eastern Europe led to decline and fall of the conceptual geography which was based on East vs. West and has shown political, social and cultural implications for both parts of the continent. Political borders and blocks have disappeared, but national ethnic, cultural and social differences are all still at work. In this book a number of leading European ethnologist investigates the complex process of the social, cultural and symbolic constructions of Europe's new geography, and shows how old lines of demarcation are revitalised, how different cultural imaginations of Europe are politically instrumentalised, and how political conflicts are being culturalised.
Political Science by Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe