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The Space of Crisis

Images and Ideas of Europe in the Age of Crisis: 1914–1945

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Vittorio Dini and Matthew D'Auria

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.

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Annamaria Amato received her doctorate from the University of Urbino with a thesis in the history of political parties. She has been Teaching Fellow at the University of Naples and then Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Salerno, where she is currently lecturer in the History of Political Institutions. She is the author of La classe politica napoletana e le elezioni del 1913, Naples, La città del sole, 2001. Her latest publications on the history of the idea of Europe include “Ernesto Rossi e il dibattito sul federalismo europeo”, L’Acropoli, No. 1, 2010 and “Fascismo e idea di Europa tra anni venti e anni trenta”, L’Acropoli, No. 6, 2012. Adalgiso Amendola teaches Sociology of Law at the University of Salerno. He has investigated the origin and the crisis of modern sover- eignty (Il sovrano e la maschera, Naples, Esi, 1998; Carl Schmitt tra decisione e ordinamento concreto, Naples, Esi, 1999), juridical globali- zation (I confini del diritto, Naples, Esi, 2003), and the relationship between law and life after modernity (“The Law of the Living, Material for Hypothesizing the Biojuridical”, Law, Culture and the Humanities, No. 8, 2012). His most recent publications on the issue of commons are in Maria Rosaria Marella (ed.), Oltre il pubblico e il privato. Per un diritto dei beni comuni (Verona, Ombre corte, 2012) and in Sandro Chignola (ed.), Il diritto del comune, (Verona, Ombre corte 2012). Laurie Catteeuw, Historian of Ideas and Doctor in Political Philosophy, is researcher at the CNRS (CIRPHLES, Paris). She...

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