Author Archives: Jan C. Jansen

About Jan C. Jansen

Jan C. Jansen is a professor of global history at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interests include comparative imperial history, memory, refugee history, and the history of the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds. He is author of Erobern und Erinnern: Symbolpolitik, öffentlicher Raum und französischer Kolonialismus in Algerien, 1830–1950 (Oldenbourg Verlag, 2013), a study of the role commemorative politics played in colonized Algeria, and co-author of Decolonization: A Short History (Princeton University Press, 2017). He is currently principal investigator of “Atlantic Exiles: Refugees and Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1770s–1820s,” funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Dealing with Difference: Cosmopolitanism in the Nineteenth-Century World of Empires

Abstract: Arguing that cosmopolitan ideas and practices have to be included in a joint matrix, this introduction puts emphasis on the situatedness of cosmopolitanism in specific periods, regions, and political contexts. It highlights nineteenth-century empires as central frameworks and breeding grounds of cosmopolitanism and identifies imperial and anti-imperial thinking as crucial to various conceptions of world citizenship. The introduction points to the campaigning for and enactment of rights and to the related conceptions of humanity as crucial elements of nineteenth-century cosmopolitanism. Seeing cosmopolitanism through the Continue reading → Continue reading →