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The Cosmopolitan State

H Patrick Glenn


For more than two centuries the idea of the nation-state has been widespread. The ‘nation-state’ implies that the population of a state should be homogenous in terms of language, religion, and ethnicity. However history demonstrates that there never has been, and there never will be, a nation-state. This book argues that there should be no regret in the recognition of this empirical reality, since the notion of a nation-state has been the justification for some of the worst atrocities in human history. Since the nation-state is impossible, all states are cosmopolitan in character regardless of ... More

Keywords: nation-state, cosmopolitanism, common laws, institutional cosmopolitanism, globalization, nationalism, ethnicity, language, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H Patrick Glenn, author
Peter M. Laing Professor of Law, McGill University