The History of Europe and European culture has been the most influential during the past few centuries. European culture can be divided into three primary regions based on geography. Western Europe is different linguistically, religiously and politically from eastern Europe. And the region currently called Russia is generally considered its own world region. All three of these areas are European and interact through trade and occasionally war which connects them but they are different enough that studying them individually is worth the effort.
The AP World History Course is designed to test your knowledge of European history from the early Greek Civilizations to the current age and it tends to divide its information in six categories to think about. These categories are politics, economics, religion, social life, intellectual life, and art. Often the AP exam also expects students to know how the geography of Europe influences the historical developments over time.
European culture is strongly influenced by the Ancient Greek cultures, Ancient Roman cultures and the Christian religion. Europeans also have been highly influential because of their world exploration and imperialism starting in the 15th century. Click on the dynasty time periods to the right to learn more about each of the European dynastic periods.
Geographically, Europe is connected to Asia and is often not considered a continent on its own but is referred to as EurAsia. Some schools refer to Europe as a continent because of its unique culture and important role in world events but geographically it is better thought of as a peninsula on the western edge of Asia. Europe is separated from Asia by the Ural Mountains which run north and south through Russia. Other important geographical features of Europe are the Alps, the Rhine River, Danube River, Volga River, Mediterranean Sea and the European plain that includes much of France, Germany, Poland and Russia.