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