European Political Science

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 304–310 | Cite as

detached bodies floating in space: the united kingdom and the european union

  • martin westlake

Books reviewed: National Leaders and the Making of Europe: Key Episodes in the Life of the European Council Pierre de Boissieu et al.(London: John Harper Publishing, 2015), 320 pp., ISBN: 978-0992974893

The Institutions and Dynamics of the European Community, 1973–83 Johnny Laursen (ed.)(London: Bloomsbury, 2014), 312 pp., ISBN: 978-3832969639

Britain, Europe and National Identity: Self and Other in International Relations Justin Gibbins(Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 224 pp., ISBN: 978-1137376336

In 1951 the sculptor Alexander Calder wrote that ‘The idea of detached bodies floating in space, of different sizes and densities … some at rest, while others move in peculiar manners, seems to me to be the ideal source of form’ (quoted in Calder 2015: 9). When his A Universe(a sort of abstract orrery) was first exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Albert Einstein was said to have stood watching it for 40 minutes, waiting for the mechanism to work through the ninety cycles...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • martin westlake
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  1. 1.European Institute, London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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