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Richard Falk

In: The Condition of Citizenship

Chapter 10: The Making of Global Citizenship

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The Making of Global Citizenship
The making of global citizenship

The euphoria of 1989–90, associated with the emancipation of Eastern Europe and the warming of East/West relations, has been superseded now by a very different kind of societal focus and mood, particularly when the global setting of political life is considered. Our sense of reality about the flow of history is extremely provisional these days. Gone are the certitudes of the Cold War, clear lines of conflict, a solidity of encounter that seemed almost certain to persist indefinitely. Gone, even, is the Soviet Union, first, as a presence, and then even as a unified state. With the Cold War over, many contradictory forces are at work, generating turbulence, and one large surprise after another. We properly ...

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