From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- “Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the bankers are Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the cooks are English, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and the Italians the bankers”.
Europe is one of the world's seven continents.
Europe, in particular Ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture. It played a predominant role in global affairs from the 16th century onwards, especially after the beginning of colonialism. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations controlled at various times the Americas, most of Africa, Oceania, and large portions of Asia. Both World Wars were largely focused upon Europe, greatly contributing to a decline in Western European dominance in world affairs by the mid-20th century as the United States and Soviet Union took prominence.