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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.

«Imagined Cosmopolis is an ambitious and exciting volume that charts new interdisciplinary territory through the interrogation of international ideals and cosmopolitan experiences in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It provides a welcome corrective to the national and ideological borders that often structure scholarship, and I know it will inspire future work in the field.» (Professor Morna O’Neill, Wake Forest University)

«The study of modern history has for so long focused on the nation as the key framework, but recent studies, of which this volume contains excellent examples, have de-nationalized history by globalizing separate national entities. This is a most welcome development, and it is to be hoped that this volume will be followed by many others in transnationalizing modern history.» (Professor Akira Iriye, Harvard University)