Europa Publications was founded in the mid-1920s by a group of radical thinkers intent on fostering European and international co-operation in the period after the First World War through presenting intellectual articles on contemporary topics of debate, together with an objective presentation of background and directory information on the countries of Europe. The earliest appearance, in 1926, of The Europa Year Book was a co-publication with George Routledge & Sons, and also included biographical and academic reference material which later developed into The International Who’s Who and The World of Learning, first published in 1935 and 1947, respectively.
The Europa service appeared as a loose-leaf publication from the 1930s to the 1950s, using the Orbis brand for extra-European information, re-emerging as The Europa Year Book in 1959, and becoming The Europa World Year Book from 1989. Since Europa became part of the Taylor & Francis Group, in 1999, the number of annual print titles has increased threefold. Europa World Online was launched in 2003, and The International Who’s Who and The Europa World of Learning (as it is now called) also have online counterparts, all continuing Europa’s traditional commitment to an objective and rigorous approach to content and style.