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In 1956, 34-year-old Garry Davis travelled to India on a quest. Having served as a bomber pilot through World War II, Davis was struck by the plight of millions rendered stateless once the war was over. For Davis, such suffering was sad and absurd, the forced consequence of a flawed and anachronistic system of nation states that governed the planet. In 1948, in Paris, he renounced the American citizenship of his birth and declared himself a world citizen with a world passport created on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He soon picked up the support of the Alberts Einstein, Camus and Schweitzer .
What had spurred Davis was the idea of "one world" that had been articulated by former American Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, and supported by the Alberts, by Bertrand Russell and by Gandhi ....Read more...
More about Manu Bhagavan
Manu Bhagavan is the author of "The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World" and associate professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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