International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity vol:3 issue:1 pages:73-90
This article focusses on an assessment of the book Formations of European Modernity by Gerard Delanty, one of the foremost social theoreticians of Europe. This book presents European history as the formation of modernity, interpreted in a classical neo-Weberian sense. This approach sits somewhat uneasy with an ambition to present a cosmopolitan view on Europe, which emphasizes the interactions of Europe with the rest of the world, all the more so as Delanty largely ignores postcolonial critiques of Eurocentric narratives as well as on modernization theories. Based upon a wide-ranging review of historical and postcolonial studies this essay argues that a true cosmopolitan argument must take in account postcolonialism and adopt a far more critical historical approach if it wants to avoid becoming Eurocentric and complacent.