Europe has provided Western civilization with a rich history. Its 46 countries and several large landmasses and islands range from semi-tropical to rough and mountainous. Even the boundaries of Europe are a bit different. Russia, on the eastern side, actually spreads across two continents, with the Europe/Asia border dotting down through its midsection. Europe’s diversity is more than geographic, encompassing talented painters, writers, philosophers and sculptors, great buildings, monuments, and institutions. There are sure to be books that will pique your interest and add to your knowledge, no matter what your tastes or background. If your family has European roots, read to learn more about your origins. Even if your family comes from another world region, enjoy getting to know this remarkable continent and its people.