The Descent of the Public

The Westphalian project and the fate of the Public

This is the second entry in my After Westphalia essay series, on the future (or lack thereof) of the nation-state. It is intended as a longue durée companion to my Great Weirding series.

The Westphalian moment in European history marked the culmination of what might be called the Greek project: the completion of the construction of a continent-scale cons…

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