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Really Existing NationalismsA Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels$
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Erica Benner

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279590.001.0001

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Explaining Nationalism

Explaining Nationalism

(p.93) 3 Explaining Nationalism
Really Existing Nationalisms

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This chapter questions the view that Marx and Engels dealt with national issues in an inconsistent or untheoretical way. Once we abandon the notion that any true ‘Marxian’ account must be framed in terms of an economic theory of capitalist development or a ‘ruling class’ theory of ideology, it becomes easier to identify elements of a distinctive political theory that informed their diverse writings on nationalism. This theory avoided many of the shortcomings attributed to most textbook ‘Marxist’ approaches.

Keywords:   bourgeoisie, Britain, class conflicts, foreign policy, France, Frankfurt Parliament, Germany, liberal nationalism, nation, popular nationalism

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