This authoritative and comprehensive encyclopedia provides readers with richly detailed entries on the 45 nations that comprise modern Europe. Each country profile looks at elements of contemporary life related to family and work, including popular pastimes, customs, beliefs, and attitudes. Each country essay follows the same format to allow students to make cross-cultural comparisons–for instance, a student could compare social customs in Denmark with those in Norway, compare Greece’s cuisine with that of Italy, and contrast the architecture of Paris with Amsterstam and Barcelona.
Culture and society are changing in each region and nation of Europe due to many political and economic forces, both inside and outside of each nation’s borders. This encyclopedia considers many of the transformations connected to globalization, as well as traditions that still hold strong, to provide a complete assessment of the processes that make European societies and cultures distinctive.
- Includes 90 sidebars providing additional detail on noteworthy, notorious, or fascinating individuals, movements, events, and cultural practices across Europe.
- Provides students with opportunity to compare and contrast specific cultural customs and traditions from nation to nation.
- Provides a fuller understanding of the many ways in which politics and economics intersect with social and cultural change in Europe today.
- Features contributions from leading scholars of European culture and history.