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.
Europe's regions can be seen as the geographic building blocks of history. Descriptions of everyday life, residential settlement and commerce in Europe, from the Middle Ages through to the nineteenth century, reflect a regional mosaic. This was the framework within which the consciousness, experiences and therefore the identity of ...