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Imagined Cosmopolis

Internationalism and Cultural Exchange, 1870s–1920s


Edited By Charlotte Ashby, Grace Brockington, Daniel Laqua and Sarah Victoria Turner

The period from the 1870s to the 1920s was marked by an interplay between nationalisms and internationalisms, culminating in the First World War, on the one hand, and the creation of the League of Nations, on the other. The arts were central to this debate, contributing both to the creation of national traditions and to the emergence of ideas, objects and networks that forged connections between nations or that enabled internationalists to imagine a different world order altogether. The essays presented here explore the ways in which the arts operated internationally during this crucial period of nation-making, and how they helped to challenge national conceptions of citizenship, society, homeland and native tongue. The collection arises from the AHRC-funded research network Internationalism and Cultural Exchange, 1870–1920 (ICE; 2009–2014) and its enquiry into the histories of cultural internationalism and their historiographical implications.

This collection has been edited by members of the ICE network convened by Grace Brockington and Sarah Victoria Turner.

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This collection of essays arises from the ICE network (‘Internationalism and Cultural Exchange, 1870–1920’), which was funded by an AHRC Research Networking grant and unfolded through conferences and colloquia convened at the Universities of Cambridge, York, Bristol, Northumbria, Oxford and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and at Tate Britain and ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. We extend our grateful thanks to our funders who made it all possible, to those who gave generously of their time and expertise as convenors, and to the many colleagues who contributed to ICE events and helped to build the network into an international community of its own. The network finances were managed by the University of Bristol, the website by York, and publication of this book assisted at every stage by the editorial team at Peter Lang. We thank them all – and the many whom we have not mentioned here – for their help in realizing this collective project. ← ix | x →

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