Beyond Borders

Europe is a geographical expression — a peninsula of peninsulas on the western edge of the Eurasian landmass — but there has never been a settled definition of its physical limits. Rather, historians, writers and politicians have long referred to a set of shared histories — conquest by the Romans, Christianity, the Enlightenment and democracy — that unite Europeans conceptually. By definition, most[an error occurred while processing this directive] of those categories are constantly in flux. Indeed, contemplating the changes in Europe since Time began publishing here 60 years ago, it's striking how many of the biggest shifts have taken place on levels that have...

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