Combining the history of ideas and the history of emotions, this work explores the convergence between political and cultural ideas of Europe and the idea of love in the period between the two world wars. It investigates European unity from a political viewpoint, but also from cultural and symbolic ones, taking a critical stand towards Euro-centricism. Chapters focus on single texts, including bestselling novels, and artworks reviving the myth of Europa and the bull, set in the context of debates on marriage, sex and love in the western world. These alternate with chapters combining intellectual and cultural history with critical explorations of how historians, politicians and psychologists analyzed the crisis of European civilization.
Part 1 Europa in East Anglia: "Europa's Beast" by Ralph H. Mottram; a "European" love story; modern men; visuality; olive/Europa/Europe. Part 2 Ideas of Europe: the dream of the United States of Europe; Dawson's Christian community; minds between war and peace - psycho-analysis and psychologists on the crisis of European civilisation. Part 3 New Europe: Mitrinovic and Orage; the Adler Society; the New Europe group and the New Britain movement; Eutopia or Atlantis? Part 4 Europa reappears from a new east: Briffault's "The Mothers"; Europa and Europa in Limbo; life and death of a nomadic subject. Part 5 Provencal love - "The Allegory of Love" by C.S. Lewis; a long dispute - the Europeanness of courtly love; travelling to Provence. Part 6 Between culture and politics: the future of the European spirit; Mosley and the British Union of Fascists; an impossible task (Margaret Storm Jameson; "in Spain is Europe"; "song of the west" (Margaret Ormiston Curle; destiny of a myth - images of Europa and the bull; active solidarity (friends of Europe and federal union). Part 7 "I love you more than my nationality".