Have you ever wondered why we fall in love? What is the background of the human ability and need for love? Is love something stronger than cultural norms or something entirely shaped by society?

This book will take you on an inspirational journey – from different scientific notions of love through intriguing personal stories, offering an unique view on the evolution, the origin and the development of the concept of love throughout history, taking in account its different forms as well as its’ social and personal significance.

An intimate essay, a travel diary and an ethnographic study – all in one, this book presents an inspirational exploration that takes readers on a passionate journey through different aspects of the meanings that love has in todays’ world.

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Table of contents

  1. WHAT IS LOVE?
  2. THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
    Does love exist when a language has no word for it?
  3. THE HISTORY OF LOVE
    What path did love take from the African savannahs to the urban metropolises?
  4. THE SOURCE OF LOVE
    Does love have its source in nature or nurture?
  5. MARRIAGE – THE INSTITUTION OF LOVE
    Why are arranged marriages more resilient than love marriages?
  6. POLYGAMY
    Are we monogamous or polygamou­s by nature?
    INTERMEZZO 1 – A PARADISE WITHIN
  7. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LOVE
    How much have our parents predetermined our relationships?
  8. ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT LOVE
    What lies behind our firmly held beliefs, and can a person change?
  9. LOVE AND IDENTITY
    Do we seek a partner who is a reflection of ourselves?
  10. THE SOCIOLOGY OF LOVE
    How does society shape our choices?
  11. ROMANTIC LOVE
    Is love the new religion?
  12. FORBIDDEN LOVE
    Why does love sometimes survive impossible conditions?
  13. THE END OF LOVE
    Why does love so often fail when all seems to be well?
    INTERMEZZO 2—THE HELL WITHIN US
  14. MODERN LOVE
    How does the paradox of choice undermine us?
  15. POLYAMORY and new forms of love
    Is the modern form of polygamy the ‘new normal’?
  16. THE BOUNDARIES OF LOVE
    What about the extreme cases?
  17. THE FUTURE OF LOVE
    Is there hope for us?
  18. IS LOVE THE MEANING OF LIFE?
  19. IS LOVE UNIVERSAL?
  20. WHAT IS LOVE?
    INTERMEZZO 3—PURGATORY

Team

Author
Davor Rostuhar

Text and photographs
Davor Rostuhar

Editor
Kruno Lokotar

Design and layout
Stjepan Drmić

Translator
Ellen Elias-Bursać

Proofreading and language editing
Eric Bergman

Researcher and fact-checker
Paula Brečak

Consultant
Ivona Lerman

Line editors
Anđela Rostuhar, Paula Brečak, and Ksenija Vujčić

Publisher
The Club for Expedition and Culture, Zagreb, 2021