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What not long ago was called “universal history” is far from being over; indeed, nothing is close to being fixed, forever petrified, once and for all. Openness and movement remain two of the eminent hallmarks of the age, even of the living. Carl Schmitt, cognizant of this fact, affirmed that “as long as men and peoples have a future and not only a past, a new nomos will be born” in “ever new forms.” For, he added, each new era of the coexistence of peoples, empires, and countries almost inevitably calls for “new spatial divisions, new enclosures, and new spatial orders of the earth.”

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