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Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

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Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging 

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 17, 7:17 AM

This video shows how difficult it is to categorize and group regions together. We tend categorize Eastern Europe as a group due to former political affiliations with the Soviet Union, but this is unfair as these nations are varied ethnically, economically, and politically. Plus, most, if not all, of these nations resented Soviet rule and grouping them due to it is somewhat insulting. Other groupings are not as neat on a map. For example, grouping Europe economically shows a couple Eastern European countries in the upper half and a number of Western European countries like Italy, Spain, and Greece in the lower half.

James Hobson's curator insight, October 9, 10:29 PM

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Should the term "Eastern Europe" be done away with? My opinion is yes *and* no. Being such a politically-influenced term (e.g. the Soviet Union) and that many of these countries have changed greatly since the days of the Soviet Union, avoiding the term would help to lesson discrimination of the region. However, my partial "yes" coms from the fact that these countries are still a part of the European continent and comprise its eastern half. So in a strictly geo-relational way I see nothing wrong with the use of this term. Avoiding it completely could just lead to unnecessary confusion.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 9:11 PM

The label Eastern Europe can be damaging in the sense that the negative conotation that accompanies the label is no longer true.  For example, Poland is taught in schools as part of Europe.  Not eastern, not western. Europe.  Geographically if we are talking about east vs. west, it is in the Eastern part of Europe. The countries in that location however, are torn and encompass a great variety of ideals.  SOme wish to remain tied to Russia and depend on Russia.  Some are westernized and want nothing to do with Russia.  And then there are the countries that are stuck between a rock and a hard place of two super powers with totally different schools of thought and practice.

 

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It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation is threatened by breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering

It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation is threatened by breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Six days ago, the people of Spain’s most prosperous region, Catalonia, voted overwhelmingly for parties favouring the breaking away from Spanish rule.

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Travel North To South Europe On The Train With Your Motorcycle | Bikes in the Fast Lane

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Travel North To South Europe On The Train With Your Motorcycle...

Usually the trip is the reward, not the destination when travelling on a motorcycle. But at times you need to start your holiday at the destination, and not have to worry about the trip getting there.

If, for example you live in the North-Middle of Europe (BeNeLux, UK, Germany, North France) and want to spend some time in the South of France or Northern part of Italy, although it's a great motorcycle ride, it's a LONG distance. The trip will eat in your holiday days, and tire you out. It's almost like when you arrive, you need to turn around and head back home again....more


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Ghosts of War

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The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.

 

In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken.  This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).   

 

Tags: Europe, war, images, historial, place. 


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 25, 12:56 PM

Historian Jo Teeuwisse creates dramatic imagery by overlaying negative images onto current images. These World War II photos show how different things were at the time and how people walk these streets everyday and may not even think twice about the streets history. Art is the best way to show emotion, and Jo Teeuwisse's art imposes a creative take on this.

Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 11:26 AM

I'm not even sure what to say about this set of pictures exactly, except that they're a very cool way to see history. I'm interesting in Social Studies and history because I'm captivated by seeing the world framed in a story, and these images do just that. To see the same places where the war was fought and what has changed is great, but these photos also give the impression of some stories of war. The idea of them being "ghosts" gives the impression of something left behind which marks the land even to this day.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, September 10, 2:56 PM

Very interesting, I've seen similar things done with Russian cities and parts of the Ukaranian country side.

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Secessions That Will Redraw Europe

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On November 25, Catalonia, the richest region of Spain, will hold regional elections. Artur Mas, the leader of the regional government, is campaigning on a platform demanding more autonomy for Catalonia.

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