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Mediterranean Europe

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Mediterranean Europe
By: Erin Miller
HISTORY
In Mediterranean Europe Mediterranean Europe Countries include Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta, and Andora.
Two geopraphic advantages helped the Mediterranean to become the region where European civilization was born. Mild climate made survival there easier than in other areas. Societies had time to develope complex institutions such as government. The nearby Mediterranean Sea encouraged overseas trade.
When societies trade with eachother, they also exchange ideas. This often leads to advances in knowledge. Greece: Birthblace of Democracy People migrated early on in this montainous region, so the villages were isolated from each other. They developed into a seperate city-states: political units made up of a city and its surrounding lands. The city-state of Athens developed the first democracy, a government in which the people rule. This democracy helped inspire the United States system of governement. The Roman Empire
In Mediterranean Europe Early Rome was a republic, a government in which citizens elect representatives to rule in their name. ECONOMIC CHANGE
In Mediterranean Europe Because of this regions sunny climate, and historic sites, tourism has long been a large part of its economy. Agriculture to Industry This region in general is less industrial than those of Northern and Western Europe. For centuries, the region's economy was based on fishing and agriculture, but today, manufacturing is increasing. Service industries also make up a much larger part of the economy than before. Greece, Portugal, and Spain joined the European Union (EU) which has helped growth by promoting trade with other mations. ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
In Mediterrannean Europe This region still faces economic problems. Italy northern regions is much more develpoed than the southern. The morth is closer to other industrial countries of Europe and the south has poorer transportation systems. This region is also poor in energy resources and rely heavily on imported petroleum. This makes this region vulnerable because trade problems or wars could halt oil supplies and prevent industries from functioning.
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