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Focusing on European cultural and intellectual history in first half of the twentieth century, The Space of Crisis investigates how notions of crisis and changing perceptions of space influenced the way Europeans imagined themselves, their past and their future.
The book is an attempt to reassess some of the main assumptions of historians and political theorists about the way intellectuals, artists, legal theorists and historians interpreted Europe’s crisis during the 1920s and 1930s. By so doing, it investigates the intellectual foundations of the ensuing federalist and Europeanist movements, highlighting the importance of the writings of those years in understanding today’s Europe and its current predicaments.
About the Author
Vittorio Dini was for many years Head of the Department of Sociology and Political Sciences at the University of Salerno, where he taught history of philosophy and history of political thought.
Matthew D’Auria is a research fellow at the University of Salerno and has taught European history and social and political thought at University College London, where he received his PhD.
Table of Contents
Contents: Annamaria Amato: Einaudi, Agnelli and Cabiati. Criticizing the League of Nations and Imagining European Unity – Adalgiso Amendola: The crisis of European Public Law. The Search for a Post-Statist Juridical Space – Laurie Catteeuw: Reason of State in the European Intellectual Space during the Interwar Period – Matthew D’Auria: «Against the state». Carlo Rosselli and the Social Space of European Federalism – Richard Deswarte: An American Future? Perceptions of the United States and the Idea of Europe in the Interwar Period – Annamaria Ducci: The French Museum as a Paradigm of Europe’s Crisis. Some Reflections on Paul Valéry’s Writings – Francesca Ferraro: The Kelsen / Schmitt Debate. Heller’s Solution and the Future of Europe – Zoran Milutinovi: Europe as Pharmakon – Anita Prettenthaler-Ziegerhofer: Eurotopias: Coudenhove-Kalergi’s Pan-Europa and Rohan’s Europäischer Kulturbund – Jan Vermeiren: Nation State and Empire in German Political Thought. Europe and the Myth of the Reich – Adriano Vinale: Crisis and Democracy. Dewey’s International Mind.