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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.
1 What Is Europe? 1
2 Habitat 25
3 Demography 71
4 The Pattern of Languages 95
5 The Geography of Religion 125
6 The European State System 161
7 Land and Life in the Rural Sector 201
8 Manufacturing and Industry 237
9 The Service and Information Economy 263
10 The European City 295
11 Europe's Changing Social and Ethnic Geography 341
12 Whither European Integration? 375