The book is intended for two audiences. First there are people studying ‘European Societies’, or ‘European Community Studies’, or some sub-set of the countries in Europe, who are not anthropologists. This group-including, for example, a British student of Cypriot origin doing a degree in Greek and French-is my main target audience. Secondly, there are sociology, geography or anthropology students who need an introductory overview of the anthropology of western Europe.