The difficulty of defining Europe's borders

01/11/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The term "Europe" means different things to different people, and marking the continent's eastern border can be a tricky endeavor, writes author and blogger Frank Jacobs. "Many geographers see what we call the European continent as a mere peninsula of a gigantic continent of Eurasia, spanning halfway across the world, from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Bering Strait," he writes. Jacobs traces historical views of Europe's borders and discusses the difficulty of splitting Russia across two continents.

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