Europe Of The Mind


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Christianity has remained a potent force shaping ideas of European unity.

Visiting Aachen, home of Charlemagne, and Cordoba, scene of extraordinary Christian, Jewish and Muslim encounter, historian Mia Rodriguez-Salgado reveals how religion moulded the way Europeans thought about their continent.

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The middle ages get a bad press...

depicted as years of stagnation, constant warring and - worst of all - the black death.

But medieval historian Miri Rubin has a very different view.

She argues that these years are, in fact, the time when modern Europe is born.

Miri visits some of Europes great medieval cities and hears how constant migrations during this period transformed the cultural face of Europe, bringing new institutions, social hierarchies and attitudes that have changed little to this day.

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Historian and author, Misha Glenny, travels to the heart of the old Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, to explore Europe's next phase of expansion - admitting Turkey to the most powerful Christian club in history, the EU.

We follow the fall of the mighty Ottoman Empire, and the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's modern Turkey.

Can Turkey cross over to the West?