Western Europe


Western Europe, or West Europe, is the region comprising the western part of Europe.

West is one of the four cardinal directions or points of the compass.

Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.

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Below, some different geographic, geopolitical and cultural definitions of the term are outlined.

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For centuries, Western Europe was defined as the countries with dominant Catholic and Protestant churches, while Eastern Europe was dominated by the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The Eastern Orthodox Church, also known as the Orthodox Church, or officially as the Orthodox Catholic Church, is the second largest Christian church and one of the oldest extant religious institutions in the world.

Eastern Europe, also known as East Europe, is the eastern part of the European continent.


A more contemporary definition subdivides Western Europe into several other regions like Central Europe or Northern Europe.


Western Europe's significant historical events include the Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, the Protestant Reformation as well as the Counter-Reformation of the Catholic Church, the Age of Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.

The Counter-Reformation, also called the Catholic Reformation or the Catholic Revival, was the period of Catholic resurgence initiated in response to the Protestant Reformation, beginning with the Council of Trent and ending at the close of the Thirty Years' War.

The Protestant Reformation, often referred to simply as the Reformation was a schism from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther and continued by John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other early Protestant Reformers in 16th century Europe.

The Age of Discovery is an informal and loosely defined European historical period from the 15th century to the 18th century, marking the time in which extensive overseas exploration emerged as a powerful factor in European culture and globalization.

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