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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001

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Other Cosmopolitans

Other Cosmopolitans

(p.254) 19 Other Cosmopolitans

Yan Haiping

NYU Press

Yan Haiping explores Kang Youwei’s Book of Great Harmony, a utopian portrait of the peoples of the earth living together without racial, national, or cultural divides that emerged, almost miraculously, at the height of Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion of the 1930s. Placing the book into its tormented historical context, Yan Haiping takes his cue from Calhoun’s observation that “statements of cosmopolitanism as universalism echo rather than transcend nationalism.” Arguing that figures previously conceived as nationalist can also be thought of as cosmopolitans, he lays out a tradition of cosmopolitanism that is both Chinese and cross-cultural.

Keywords:   nationalism, Shanghai, architecture, universalism

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