What countries or world regions are the most important?  In this course we will consider the case for Europe.  Its historical importance is hard to miss: it is the source of many of the ideas that have shaped the United States and our world; the nation-state, capitalism, industrialization, democracy, not to mention the printing press, the railroad, and the fundamental laws of physics.  In this class we will dig into this rich history and Europe‚Äôs modern day importance.