Author Archives: Valeska Huber

About Valeska Huber

Valeska Huber is leading the research group Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century at the Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin. In her research, she focuses on communication in various forms, from migration and mobility to epidemics and international health regimes, and, more recently, the politics of mass communication in the twentieth century (with a specific interest in education and language). She is the author of Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond, 1869–1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and co-editor with Jürgen Osterhammel of Global Publics: Their Power and Their Limits, 1870–1990 (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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 →