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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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IntroductionThe Cosmopolitan Axis: Agencies and/or Enablers

This book investigates the emergence of the cosmopolitan idea of literature and its impact on the democratic reconfiguration of the European and non-European cultural and political spaces. The birthplace of this idea, as I interpret it, is its designers’ traumatic experience as induced by the disconcerting social and political configuration of their abode. Since the early modern colonial era, Europeans have perceived themselves as historical latecomers in a world dominated by the “exotic” customs of foreign civilizations. Shocked by the compartmentalized and authoritarian political space that they have encountered, they undertook its recalibration and democratic restructuring. Inasmuch ...

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