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Cosmopolitanism and EmpireUniversal Rulers, Local Elites, and Cultural Integration in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean$
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Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, and John Weisweiler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190465667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465667.001.0001

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“Zum ewigen Frieden”

“Zum ewigen Frieden”

Cosmopolitanism, Comparison, and Empire

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Cosmopolitanism and Empire

Peter Fibiger Bang

Oxford University Press

Taking its starting point from Kant’s 1795 essay “on eternal peace,” it this chapter traces the ways in which the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries contributed to discredit universalist ideals. All the more surprising is the revival of empire and cosmopolitan thought in the twenty-first century. It suggests that the papers assembled in the volume contribute to a better understanding of this current historical juncture. By highlighting the contradictions in ancient imperial ideals, they both bring out the limits faced by all universalist projects and are suggestive of the compromises the development of new forms of trans-regional organization will require.

Keywords:   empire, cosmopolitanism, universalist, imperial ideals, Kant, trans-regional

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