The Writers That Dreamed Of Europe

This Europe is about shared values of equality and internationalism but it is also about peace. For Margaret Storm Jameson, a successful novelist from Yorkshire, this idea of Europe is also based on socialist values, in which the problems of poverty, inequality and aggressive capitalism would be alleviated. Jameson hoped that Europe’s ‘spiritual heritage’ what she called ‘the genius of Europe, its old traditions, its old habit of growth and discovery, its young energy, [would] lift us out of the shadows’ of war. She, like Orwell, saw these traditions of democracy and justice as antithetical to the unrestrained capitalism which she thought had brought Europe to war. For her, a united Europe was a challenge to capitalism and a tool for social progress and political transformation.