chapter  1
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TAKING THE ‘ISM’ OUT OF COSMOPOLITANISM: Laying out the field

The physical dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 offers a compelling image of the breaking down of boundaries maintained by force and of the re-opening of suppressed forms of human contact. This event appropriately marked the emergence of a new intellectual and political movement that is itself international and places human rights, international law, global governance and peaceful relations between states at the centre of its vision of the world. When we speak today of the ‘new cosmopolitanism’ it is this movement that we have in mind.