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date: 13 July 2020

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This article studies Europe during the period between 2500 and 2200 BC. It first studies 2500 BC, which was when the Bell Beaker phenomenon and the Early Bronze Age occurred. The next section focuses on the period of the ‘International Spirit’ that occurred within the Aegean; this also marked the start of the Early Bronze Age. Three European regions came into closer contact and direct exchange with this Aegean network during the Early Bronze Age, namely the southern central Mediterranean and the eastern and western Balkans. The article then discusses the slow transmission of new values, achievements, and ideas between 2500 and 2200 BC. It ends with two sections on the Bell Beaker phenomenon, which represents the climax of ideologically driven cultural events.

Keywords: Bell Beaker phenomenon, Early Bronze Age, International Spirit, Aegean network, cultural events

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