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How do Europeans see each other?
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1.       Daydreamer
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 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:04 pm

I stumbled upon it on one forum and thought it was worth sharing. The article is titled

The Great European Shouting Match

and goes like this:

If Europe has one defining cultural characteristic, it is that it has none. This may sound like too neat a paradox, but it’s not that far from the truth. There is not a single state, language, religion or ethnicity that even comes close to dominating the continent as a whole - although at least one in each category at some point in history had the pretension to try (1). Europe´s war-torn history demonstrates that such diversity is, well, divisive. The European Union was designed to supersede the continent´s internecine past, and its continuing appeal (at least to those European countries still outside the EU) is the degree to which it has succeeded, inaugurating an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity (2).

But that does not imply that cultural diversity has been neutralised. The EU, lacking a unifying cultural paradigm similar to the US´s ´melting pot´, has ended up celebrating a rather bland version of multiculturalism. One example: the buildings on the euro notes are imaginary, in part to avoid fueling national chauvinisms, either of the slighted or boasting variety.

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I highly recommend going to read the article and, in particular look at the maps of Europe as particular countries perceive it. For example:

Europe in the eyes of  Germans

 

 

2.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:10 pm

I´m going to post maps in short posts because I know there would be somebody quoting the whole thing otherwise (and I hate it when people quote loooong posts just to say "fun")

So, Europe in the eyes of Italians

 

Europe in the eyes of Bulgarians

 

 

Europe in the eyes of The French

3.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:12 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

I´m going to post maps in short posts because I know there would be somebody quoting the whole thing otherwise (and I hate it when people quote loooong posts just to say "fun")

So, Europe in the eyes of Italians

 

Europe in the eyes of Bulgarians

 

 

Europe in the eyes of The French

 

Fun

4.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:12 pm

Europe in the eyes of gays

 

Europe in the eyes of The British

 

Europe in the eyes of Americans

 

Europe in composite stereotypes

 

Now, what would you put on your map of Europe acaba?

5.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:14 pm

Hahaha these are great!  (sorry for my "fun" post lol)

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6.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:14 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

 

 

Fun

 

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7.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:16 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

 

 

 

Where is the UK one? (oops just saw it)



Edited (10/17/2010) by TheAenigma

8.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:19 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

 

 

Where is the UK one? (oops just saw it)

 

May I just point out that, according to the evil Brit´s map, Poland is considered to be PEST? {#emotions_dlg.you_smartass}

Not that we mind, after all, you all will soon be speaking our coarse language mueha mueha muehahahahahhahahahahahhahahaaaaaa

9.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 01:22 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

 

 

May I just point out that, according to the evil Brit´s map, Poland is considered to be PEST? {#emotions_dlg.you_smartass}

Not that we mind, after all, you all will soon be speaking our coarse language mueha mueha muehahahahahhahahahahahhahahaaaaaa

 

I disagree with that one actually - it should be PLUMBERS, as featured in another map!

 

10.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 17 Oct 2010 Sun 04:35 pm

One of the best posts ever {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}....even though my husband was a bit irritated!  {#emotions_dlg.stoneage}

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