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Cosmopolitanisms in Enlightenment Europe and Beyond

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Edited By Mónica García-Salmones and Pamela Slotte

This volume offers critical, historical and theoretical perspectives on cosmopolitanism, paying attention to its implications and manifestations both within and outside Europe. It also explores the links between cosmopolitanism and teleological understandings of Europe: there is an idea of «progress» not far below the surface of the concept, but what does it mean and what is its ultimate aim? Through this analysis, the authors uncover several cosmopolitanisms originating and playing out in different periods of European history, most notably during Antiquity and during the European Enlightenment. The book shows that some of the languages of cosmopolitanism did not originate in or locate themselves exclusively in Europe, but that they nonetheless spread through connections with that continent, most commonly through the colonial encounter. The study contains valuable historical analyses of cosmopolitanism in context, in Europe, Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Africa. The book is based on papers presented at the conference «Revisiting the Imaginations of Europe and the World: Coming to Terms with Teleologies and Assessing Cosmopolitanism», held at the University of Helsinki in 2010.

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INTRODUCTION ............................................................................. 11 Mónica García-Salmones & Pamela Slotte PART I. THEORISING COSMOPOLITANISMS Cosmopolitanism.......................................................................... 21 Martti Koskenniemi PART II. EUROPEAN COSMOPOLITANISMS? Is there a “European Law” of the Early Modern Period?............. 39 Jan Schröder Universalistic but not discriminatory. Rousseau’s Principles of the rights of war...................................... 49 Gabriella Silvestrini When Liberalism Meets the World. A Lesson from Alexis de Tocqueville ............................................ 73 Demin Duan PART III. DIFFERENT COSMOPOLITANISMS AND THEIR PRACTICES We either Invent or We Err. Post-Colonial Critical Cosmopolitanism in the Nineteenth Century? .............................. 93 Francisco A. Ortega Empires without Cosmopolitanism? Locating Cosmopolitanism in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman and Russian Empires ....................................................125 Adrian Brisku “Napoleonic Constitutionalism”. Legal Universalism or Political Particularism?...........................................................141 Markus J. Prutsch Haiti and the Cosmopolitan Imagination .....................................159 Liliana Obregón 10 How British Colonialism Underdeveloped Nigeria.......................181 Adedokun Olatokunbo Ogunfolu EPILOGUE The Cosmopolitical and the National. an Uneasy Relationship ...............................................................201 Bo Stråth Bibliography ...............................................................................213 Index ...........................................................................................241 Notes on the Contributors ...........................................................243

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