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Really Existing Nationalisms: A Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels

Erica Benner


It is widely thought that Marx and Engels lacked a coherent understanding of nationalism. With the collapse of communist regimes and the resurgence of national and ethnic conflicts after the Cold War, the belief has spread that all forms of ‘Marxist’ thought – starting with that of its founders – were doomed by their insensitivity to national claims. This book questions these assumptions. Rejecting the tendency to read what Marx and Engels wrote through the prism of later events, it situates their writings on national issues in their original nineteenth‐century context. A close, contextual re‐ ... More

Keywords: class, communism, Friedrich Engels, Germany, idealism, international relations, Karl Marx, national identity, nationalism, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198279590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Benner, author
St Antony's College, Oxford
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