Author Archives: Jürgen Osterhammel

About Jürgen Osterhammel

Jürgen Osterhammel, until his retirement in 2018, was professor of modern history at the University of Konstanz (Germany). He is now a distinguished fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study. His publications in English include The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (Princeton University Press, 2014) and Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment’s Encounter with Asia (Princeton University Press, 2018). With Akira Iriye, he is the editor of a six-volume History of the World, published by Harvard University Press since 2012. He is a recipient of several awards including the Toynbee Prize (2017) and the Balzan Prize (2018).

Concluding Essay: Cosmopolitanism as Doctrine, Attitude, and Practice

Abstract: This concluding essay engages with the basic conceptual ideas underlying the entire dossier on cosmopolitanism in a way that combines a historical with a sociological perspective. It distinguishes between alternative ways in which histories of cosmopolitanism can be narrated. It also comments on the normative consequences resulting from a concept of cosmopolitanism as “practice.” Further reflections are devoted to cosmopolitanism’s close connection with marginality, mobility, and exile. The relationship between cosmopolitanism and empire is seen as paradoxical. While imperial ruling classes have often sported Continue reading → Continue reading →