Professor Norman Stone, Bilkent University, asks Where does Europe end? in a public lecture to be held at LSE on Tuesday 1 November.
'Europe' can be defined either as an ideal type or as a useful fiction: perhaps the same thing. It cannot really be defined otherwise: its boundary geographically somewhere in the Caucasus, its civilisation extended into Siberia and Brazil.
Norman Stone develops his argument by looking at the position of Russia and Turkey in relation to Europe. The former was thrown off course by Communism, paradoxically in the Twenties supposedly a westernising phenomenon. As for Turkey, Professor Stone will argue that Islam in itself is not a barrier to Europe, nor ever, really, was - witness Spain, the country that is closest to Turkey, if we are looking for comparisons. It depends on the form of Islam.
Norman Stone is professor of international relations at Bilkent University, Ankara. He has written widely, including Europe Transformed 1878-1919, The Other Russia and The Russian Chronicles.
Where does Europe end? is on Tuesday 1 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
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This event is part of the LSE European Series of public lectures, hosted by the European Institute at LSE.
24 October 2005