Introduction

Chapter

Abstract

Cosmopolitanism has been associated with ideas of peace and democratic government, especially since the end of the Cold War. Gusejnova’s introduction to this volume highlights the importance of conflicts and the reality of imperial situations for the development of modern political orientations. Often epitomised by Immanuel Kant as the most emblematic author of modern cosmopolitanism, modern cosmopolitan ideas were formed under monarchical regimes, in societies which were wrapped up in increasingly global conflicts. Identifying wars as cosmopolitan moments, Gusejnova points to the way individual biographical trajectories and the reception history of cosmopolitan ideas, which are examined in the volume, have been tied to the history of global wars. Staying clear of self-serving lineages provides an opportunity to develop new approaches to the history of cosmopolitanism, which could be tuned to a wider range of political agendas than previously thought.

Keywords

Cosmopolitanism Lineage Genealogy Immanuel kant Orientation End of the cold war Negative cosmopolitanism Citizenship and urban history Global history of cities Cultural history of frontiers World order Civil war Postimperial history 

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