Europe

From one of the smallest continents have come some of the biggest political and historic events of our time. In this patchwork of republics and kingdoms global empires have been forged and the world has been changed. Europe has been the power house of the global system for centuries and there are few places in the world were so much diversity in culture, ethnicity or language is visible.

Civilisation in Europe can date back thousands of years, past the Romans and Greeks, and within these thousands of years of history some of the fundamental principles of our current global system have emerged. Within Ancient Greece the concept of democracy took form and was discussed by the ancient philosophers. In the Roman Empire the first concepts of state sovereignty, a legal framework for Republicanism and a centralised military system were implemented. In the the following centuries modern philosophy, science, political theory, technology, art and culture have all been shaped and formed by the myriad of European states who inhabited this continent.

Europe is the continent that has shaped the modern political system. Many of the states round the world, including some of the most powerful nations, are inheritors of the social and political structures developed in Europe and in the modern world Europe is still central to global politics. With the the rise of the EU the balance of power within the international system has once again changed, with a united Europe speaking with a single voice on many issues and thus acting as a strong bulwark to the rise of modern economic powers.

“Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image”.

Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963) English Writer

Europe
Visscher, Nicolas (c.1658), Map of Europe

What is England?

What is England?

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Corbyn’s Changing World

Corbyn’s Changing World

Jeremy Corbyn is, by far and away, the most radical leader Labour has ever elected. His economics, or Corbynomics as they are popularly known, have caused amongst the British establishment, but I think that his views on foreign policy and his mission to reshape the relationship between Britain and the world will prove to be the more radical and the more controversial. It may be in the arena of foreign policy where Corbyn is most ardently tested. Continue Reading

7/7, Ten Years On

7/7, Ten Years On

Let us pause and remember that on the 7th July, 2005 52 people lost their lives in cowardly, violent and horrendous attacks on London. Let us remember how far we have come since then and how much more we all have to do in the future. Ten years on let us strive to ensure that 7/7 was a one off event, never to repeated. Continue Reading

The Slumping Russian Economy

The Slumping Russian Economy

The Russian economy has started to contract according to the latest data from Russia’s economic ministry. Russia has faced problems at home regarding the global slump in oil prices, the collapse of the Rouble and falling consumer demand, but it’s international brand has suffered the most and will be a barrier to any future growth Continue Reading

About Peter Banham

Peter earned his MA in Geopolitics, Territory & Security at Kings College London in 2015, following a BA in History and International Relations from Lancaster University. He has been the editor and a major contributor to A Little View of the World since 2012 where he has written on global affairs, international relations, development and world conflicts.