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IDEA HISTORY / African and African-European personalities were central in building up what we today call Europe
- from the dawn of time to today. Africans founded cities in Spain and Italy before ruling the Roman Empire. And Ethiopia also helped Europe advance in the 1400th century.

When I went down into the basement of the Royal Palace in Palermo, Europe's oldest royal residence, a handful of years ago, I discovered that the foundation of the building was not what I had thought. Actually, I had traveled here to the capital of Sicily to study the Arabic-inspired "Norman Palace" (Norman Palace), which was developed by the Scandinavian-born King Roger II. Here. Here, in the middle of the Mediterranean, he invited the Arab geographer Muhammed Al-Idrisi from. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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