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Inclusive, rich in ideas, lively, interesting, and humanistic, The European Culture Area remains the text of choice for courses on the geography of Europe.

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The European Culture Area

A Systematic Geography

By Alexander B. Murphy, Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov and Bella Bychkova Jordan

9th November 2020

ISBN: 9781538127599

Pages: 464

£89.00 / $115.00


Now in a completely updated, full-color edition, this leading textbook has been thoroughly revised to reflect the sweeping economic, social, and political changes the past decade has brought to Europe and to incorporate new research and teaching approaches in regional geography. The authors have especially expanded their discussion of climate change and other environmental challenges facing Europe; migration and the rise of right-wing populist movements; and Brexit and other issues facing the EU. They employ a cultural-historical approach that is ideally suited to facilitate understanding of Europe’s complex geographical character. Their topical organization—including environment, ethnicity, religion, language, demography, politics, industry, and urban and rural life—offers students a holistic understanding of the diverse cultural area that is Europe. Inclusive, rich in ideas, lively, interesting, and humanistic, The European Culture Area remains the text of choice for courses on the geography of Europe.

Alexander B. Murphy is past president of the AAG and a member of the geography faculty at the University of Oregon, where he long held the James F. and Shirley K. Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Academia Europaea.

Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov (1938–2003) was Walter Prescott Webb Professor of History and Ideas in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Bella Bychkova Jordan is an instructor in the Department of Geography and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

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“This is a terrific text. A core value of its effective approach is that to understand the making of Europe into a discernible region by culture, we must reflect upon Europe’s broad range of ideological, social, and materialist difference—expressed territorially, institutionally, and systemically. Its respect for historical structure makes the book as valuable to students of history as to students of human geography.” Alex G. Papadopoulos, DePaul University


“This classic work of regional synthesis in the cultural-historical tradition of geography also thoroughly explores Europe’s enormous political, economic, and socio-cultural shifts. The seventh edition is just as indispensable to accompany an undergraduate course as ever.” — Corey Johnson, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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