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Introduction

  • Eduardo Medeiros
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Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Abstract

Europe is a unique and special continent, both in its history and geography. Europe is special for its diversity, in all domains, and for being a centre of great cultural and economic achievements over the last few centuries. Europe is also unique in that it links together all parts of the world in a globalised commercial network, following from mid-1400s Portuguese discoveries epopee. In simple terms, Europeans were the first to establish territorial cooperation networks (mostly commercial) between all parts of the world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Estudos Geográficos (CEG)-IGOTLisbon UniversityLisbonPortugal

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