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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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Ethics and Realpolitik in the National Policy, 1847–1849

Ethics and Realpolitik in the National Policy, 1847–1849

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(p.138) 4 Ethics and Realpolitik in the National Policy, 1847–1849
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Really Existing Nationalisms
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DOI:10.1093/0198279590.003.0005

The relationship between ethical principles and cold, strategic Realpolitik in Marx and Engels’ national policy has been much disputed. This chapter reconstructs the ethical thinking behind their policies during the 1848 revolutions and counter‐revolutions. It argues that a distinctive, consistent set of ethical concerns can be tracked in most of their writings in this period, although Engels’ infamous stance on the ‘historyless’ Slav peoples deviates from their usual anti‐determinist approach.

Keywords:   1848 Revolutions, anti‐determinism, Czechs, ethics, historyless nations, national policy, national self‐determination, Poland, realpolitik, viability

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