The Lost History of Cosmopolitanism: The Early Modern Origins of the Intellectual Ideal

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"This book provides the first intellectual history of cosmopolitan ideas in the early modern age. The roots of modern cosmopolitanism can be traced back to as early as the 1500s when a meta-narrative and awareness of the cosmopolitan idea came into existence. Unearthing occurrences of cosmopolitan language in popular media and analysing the writings of leading thinkers, Leigh T.I. Penman illustrates how cosmopolitanism was not, as previously thought, purely secular and inclusive but could be sacred and exclusive too. And, significantly, this book reveals the extent to which these contesting ideas of cosmopolitanism influenced the modern concept of the cosmopolitan"--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages205
ISBN (Electronic)9781350156982
ISBN (Print)9781350156968, 9781350156975
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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