This authoritative new series describes the history, landscape, culture, economy and people of this continent. This title is also packed full of fascinating facts, maps and statistics. A statistical compendium at the back provides a handy reference guide for key statistical data. Although Europe is the second-smallest continent, it contains 45 countries, and a diverse and dynamic population. Europe's physical geography is also very varied, ranging from icy Alpine slopes to sandy Mediterranean islands. Centuries ago, European nations colonized parts of Africa, Asia and South America, and Europe dominated global politics, economics and culture. Today, western Europe contains some of the world's wealthiest countries, while parts of eastern Europe struggle to overcome poverty. The future economic and social stability of Europe will depend on addressing these inequalities to create a more united Europe.
David Flint is Head of Primary Teacher Training at University College, Worcester, UK. He has written many educational books for children, including Curriculum Focus: The Local Area and Curriculum Focus: Islands and Seaside (Hopscotch Publishers). The consultant, Professor Anand Menon, is Director of the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He has published widely on various aspects of contemporary European politics.