What is Europe?

  • (noun): The 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Europe

Europe (i/ˈjʊərəp/ EWR-əp or /ˈjɜrəp/ YUR-əp) is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting the Black and Aegean Seas. Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and connected waterways to the southeast. Yet the borders of Europe—a concept dating back to classical antiquity—are somewhat arbitrary, as the primarily physiographic term "continent" can incorporate cultural and political elements.

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12th Century - Ongoing Events
... Europe undergoes the Renaissance of the 12th century ... humanism becomes a self-conscious philosophical tendency in Europe ... and literacy begins to spread outside the Church throughout Europe ...
KLM - Cabin - Europe Business Class
... Europe Business Class replaced Europe Select on 27 March 2011 ... It is KLM's new premium product on shorter sectors ...
Traditional May Day Celebrations - Europe - Sweden
... The first of May is instead celebrated as International Workers' Day. ...
Europe - Culture
... Main article Culture of Europe The culture of Europe can be described as a series of overlapping cultures cultural mixes exist across the continent ... According to historian Hilaire Belloc, for several centuries the peoples of Europe based their self-identification on the remaining traces of the Roman culture and on concept of ...
Foreign Relations Of France - Europe
... France has maintained its status as key power in Western Europe because of its size, location, strong economy, membership in European organizations, strong military posture and energetic diplomacy ... De Gaulle argued that the UK had extensive alliances outside Europe, especially with the United States, and was famously suspicious of its European neighbours ...

More definitions of "Europe":

  • (noun): The nations of the European continent collectively.
    Example: "The Marshall Plan helped Europe recover from World War II"

Famous quotes containing the word europe:

    I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science.
    Johan Huizinga (1872–1945)

    Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator.
    Marc Fumaroli (b. 1932)