The European Culture Area: A Systematic Geography

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Now in its fourth edition, this leading textbook has been extensively revised to reflect the sweeping changes the past decade has brought to Europe and to incorporate new research in the field. Hailed for its creativity and intellectual depth, the book for the first time combines lead author Terry Jordan-Bychkov's decades of first-hand experience in Western and Central Europe with Bella Bychkova Jordan's expertise on European Russia to provide a comprehensive view of the region ...
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Overview

Now in its fourth edition, this leading textbook has been extensively revised to reflect the sweeping changes the past decade has brought to Europe and to incorporate new research in the field. Hailed for its creativity and intellectual depth, the book for the first time combines lead author Terry Jordan-Bychkov's decades of first-hand experience in Western and Central Europe with Bella Bychkova Jordan's expertise on European Russia to provide a comprehensive view of the region as a whole.

The authors employ a humanistic geographical approach that is ideally suited to facilitate understanding of this ancient, complex culture. Their topical organization, including environment, religion, language, geogenetics, demography, geopolitics, industry, and urban and rural life, offers students a holistic understanding of the diverse European culture area. The final chapter offers a fitting capstone with its unique regional classification that pulls together all the strands of the narrative. 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.

About the Author:
Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov is Walter Prescott Webb Professor of History and Ideas in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas, Austin

About the Author:
Bella Bychkova Jordan is an instructor in the Department of Geography and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin

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Editorial Reviews

Alexander B. Murphy
The latest edition of The European Culture Area is one of the best introductory regional geography texts I have seen. Through a thoughtful and effective interweaving of history and geography, the authors provide an insightful portrait of the evolving European scene. Remarkably, maps are no mere afterthought in this book; stories are told in and through maps in a fashion that makes this a truly geographical work.
Ary J. Lamme
The fourth edition continues and updates the high standards set by the earlier work. It contains the latest information available on this region of extraordinary dynamism in the last decade of the twentieth century, set within the context of contemporary regional scholarship. This new edition is the only logical choice for a European textbook available for those of us who teach semester length courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780065007299
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Metric and Centigrade Conversions and Abbreviations
Official Letter Codes and Native Names for Countries
1 Europe Defined 1
The Continental Myth 1
Europe as a Human Entity 9
European Great Ideas 14
Europe Bounded 17
Advance and Retreat 22
Sources and Suggested Readings 26
2 Habitat 29
The European Mountains 29
Earthquakes and Vulcanism 34
The Plains of Europe 37
The European Hills 42
Human Modification of Terrain 43
Major Climate Types 44
Minor Climate Types 50
Human Influence on Climate 51
Vegetation Regions 54
Forest Death 65
Soil Regions 65
Anthrosols 67
Hydrogeography 68
Dutch Coastline Alteration 71
Coastal Silting 77
Sources and Suggested Readings 79
3 Religion 83
Pagan Europe 83
Diffusion of Christianity 86
Christian Fragmentation 90
Roman Catholicism 91
Pilgrimages 93
Protestantism 95
Eastern Orthodoxy 98
The East-West Divide 100
Uniate and Armenian Churches 103
Dechristianization 103
Sects and Cults 106
Non-Christian Minorities 106
Sources and Suggested Readings 112
4 Geolinguistics 115
The Indo-European Language Family 115
Into-European Diffusion 117
Romance Languages 120
Germanic Languages 124
Slavic Languages 127
Celtic Languages 129
Other Indo-European Groups 132
Non-Indo-European Languages 133
Linguistic Decline and Revival 135
Sources and Suggested Readings 138
5 Geogenetics 141
European Racial Self-Identity 141
Racially Exotic Immigration 142
Traditional Europoid Subraces 144
Blood Chemistry 147
DNA Research 151
Neandertals and Moderns 155
Sources and Suggested Readings 158
6 Geodemography 161
Numbers 161
Density and Distribution 162
Migration 163
Immigration 166
Internal Migration 168
Zero Population Growth 169
Demographic Collapse? 172
Age Structure 174
Education 174
Health 176
Wealth 179
Sources and Suggested Readings 180
7 Geopolitics 185
Fragmentation 185
Separatism 187
The Ethnic Mainspring 188
Nonethnic Separatism 189
Types of States 190
Boundaries 195
France: A Successful Unitary State 197
Germany: Federalism in the European Core 200
The United Kingdom: Joining European Core and Periphery 202
Italy: Roman Legacy 205
Spain: A Multiethnic State 207
Switzerland and Belgium: Astride a Language Divide 208
Yugoslavia: A Balkan Tragedy 211
Russia: Nation-State or Empire? 214
Ukraine: From Border Province to Independent State 217
The European Union 218
NATO and Beyond 223
Electoral Geography 225
Sources and Suggested Readings 229
8 Cities 233
The Mercantile City 233
The Industrial City 240
Counterurbanization 241
Urban Site 242
Cityscapes 247
Urban Zones 253
Human Patterns 258
Types of Cities 262
The Urban Network 271
Sources and Suggested Readings 278
9 Primary and Secondary Industries 283
Historical Geography 283
Traditional Manufacturing Systems 285
The Industrial Revolution 286
Diffusion to the Mainland 292
Spreading beyond the Coalfields 296
Deindustrialization 298
Industrial Rejuvenation 302
Core and Periphery 305
Environmental Damage 306
The Green Movement 308
Sources and Suggested Readings 310
10 Service Industries 313
Highways 314
Road Congestion 320
Railroads 322
Waterways 326
Pipelines 329
Air Transport 330
Communications 332
Euromobile 332
Energy Production 334
The Environmental Cost 336
Producer Services 336
Consumer Services 338
Tourism 339
A Mixed Blessing 343
Sources and Suggested Readings 344
11 Agriculture 347
Origin and Diffusion 347
Mediterranean Agriculture: The Ager 349
The Hortus 350
The Saltus 352
Mediterranean Rural Landscapes 356
Three-Field Farming 358
Villages and Fields 362
Hardscrabble Herder-Farmers 365
Burnbeaters of the North 367
Nomadic Herding 368
New Crop Introductions 369
Specialization and Commercialization 370
Market Gardening 371
Dairying 373
Cattle and Hog Fattening 375
Sheep Raising 377
Cash Grain Farming 377
Reindeer Ranching 377
Fish Farming 378
Land Consolidation 379
Land-Tenure Changes 380
Development of Core and Periphery 383
Rural Depopulation 385
Preserving Rural Landscapes 388
Sources and Suggested Readings 388
12 Regions 393
The Europe of the Regions 393
West versus East 393
North versus South 397
Core versus Periphery 399
Eight Regions 404
Sources and Suggested Readings 405
Index 409
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