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Cosmopolitan
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1. Introduction

The Age of Enlightenment gave life to the cosmopolitan, a communicative thinker capable of transcending local and provincial limitations. Since the time of Humanism, authors and scholars in particular had described the parameters of this ideal, as their purposes demanded a public not confined to a local sphere. On the one hand, their interests lay in cooperation across all frontiers (Republic of Letters; Knowl…

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Eckert, Georg, “Cosmopolitan”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030209>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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