This book combines perspectives from political science, history and geography to provide a comprehensive introduction to ‘Europe’ or European space as we understand it today. Central to the book is the phenomenon of the sovereign state and the question of alternative ways of organizing Europe politically and economically. The book explores four different ways of organizing space: state, union, region and network.
Chapter 3: Historical Space
People and Territory
When Europe emerged into history a few thousand years ago, it was the Phoenicians on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean who coined the term ‘Europe’. According to one popular theory, the term contains the Semitic word ereb, which means ‘sunset’, or ‘darkness’, and ...