The six-part series, The Story of Europe, is a journey through the centuries – starting from the very beginning. Discover how the continent itself was formed and how the first human settlers made it their home. See the first physical beginnings, as well as the development, of a continent that is now regarded as culturally diverse, with more than a dozen spoken languages, several oceans, and breathtaking nature and biodiversity.
Origins & Identity
Let’s rewind the clock to kick things off and travel back to ancient Greece. However unlike most stories, we won’t be focusing on Athens, the capitol city. Instead this episode will focus on a little island named, Crete, where the first high cultures of the continent can be found. In addition to that on the little island, which is now a famous tourist attraction, the origin of the name “Europe” originates.
Ambitions & Conquests
The European idea to discover the world and get to know more about the Earth, science and cultures made many European sailors seek the unknown. And so it came that one day, Christopher Columbus, who had sailed off from Spain, “discovered” a new continent: America. This was the starting point of the “Europeanization” of the world, which made many slaves and indigenous people fell victim towards.
Commonalities & Division
Since Europe is a melting pot of countries, cultures, and languages, there isn’t always harmony. During its long and eventful history, Europe has mostly fought against itself. Oftentimes it took foreign enemies to unite Europe together as a whole. Despite the centuries of war, after the French enlightenment in the 18th century three common values emerged: freedom, equality and fraternity.
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