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The History Of The Idea Of Europe
Newsletters Comment Print this page. The notion of "Europe" and the " Western World " has been intimately connected with the concept of " Christianity and Christendom "; many even attribute Christianity for being the link that created a unified European identity. Christianity , including the Roman Catholic Church ,   has played a prominent role in the shaping of Western civilization since at least the 4th century,     and for at least a millennium and a half, Europe has been nearly equivalent to Christian culture , even though the religion was inherited from the Middle East.
Christian culture was the predominant force in western civilization , guiding the course of philosophy , art , and science. Other religions, including Judaism, Hinduism , and Buddhism are minority religions though Tibetan Buddhism is the majority religion of Russia's Republic of Kalmykia. The 20th century saw the revival of Neopaganism through movements such as Wicca and Druidry.
Europe has become a relatively secular continent, with an increasing number and proportion of irreligious , atheist and agnostic people, who make up about There are a particularly high number of self-described non-religious people in the Czech Republic, Estonia , Sweden, former East Germany, and France. Both have a small part of their territories in the European part of the Caucasus. It has a small part of its territories located west of the Urals in Eastern Europe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the continent. For the politico-economic union, see European Union. For other uses, see Europe disambiguation. List of transcontinental countries and Boundaries between the continents of Earth. Regions of Europe and Core Europe. Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages.
Dark Ages historiography and Age of Migrations. Charlemagne's empire in Roland pledges fealty to Charlemagne , Holy Roman Emperor.
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Modern era and History of Europe. Geology of Europe and Geological history of Europe. List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Europe , International organizations in Europe , Regions of Europe , and European integration. List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Europe and Area and population of European countries. It has been suggested that this section be split out into another article titled List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Europe.
List of European countries by population and Ageing of Europe. Ethnic groups in Europe. Genetic history of Europe. Immigration to Europe and European diaspora. European folklore and European art. List of Europe-related articles and Outline of Europe. Europe portal Geography portal. The population and area figures refer to the entire state, including the de facto independent part Northern Cyprus which is not recognised as a sovereign nation by the vast majority of sovereign nations, nor the UN.
Population and density figures are from the first results of census and are given without the disputed territory of Kosovo. Population and area details include European portion only: Amsterdam is the official capital, while The Hague is the administrative seat. However, only the population figure refers to the entire country. The population and area figures include the entire state respectively. This includes the exclave of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and the region Nagorno-Karabakh that has declared, and de facto achieved , independence.
Nevertheless, it is not recognised de jure by sovereign states. International recognition , however, is limited. The precision of these figures is compromised by the ambiguous geographical extent of Europe and the lack of references for European portions of transcontinental countries. Its sovereign status is unclear. Its population is July CIA estimate. Their status as sovereign nations is not recognised by a vast majority of sovereign nations, nor the UN. Population figures stated as of census and estimates respectively.
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Beginning in , the empire was further weakened by a civil war that lasted until When the Ottomans overran their lands and besieged Constantinople in , sheer poverty and weakness were the causes of the capital city's final fall. Irvin 10 January History of the World Christian Movement: Earliest Christianity To Continuum International Publishing Group. Not only did the fourth crusade further harden the resentments Greek-speaking Christians felt toward the Latin West, but it further weakened the empire of Constantinople, many say fatally so.
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