chapter  1
Nation Formation
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The names Asia and Europe-derived from the Assyrian Asu and Ereb and meaning “land of the rising sun” and “land of the setting sun”—have referred to various places in their long history; Asia was once a Roman province in now western Turkey. Their present referents, as continents, are Eurocentric constructs; Europe is actually a large peninsula of a continent. The physical water-surrounded landmass is Eurasia, which with neighboring Africa constitutes the Old World of human civilization.