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Identities in Conflict

Erica Benner

in Really Existing Nationalisms

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198279594
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198279590.003.0003
 Identities in Conflict

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It is often assumed that Marx and Engels’ ‘materialist’ theory of history cannot explain why national ideologies and identities have had exceptional mobilizing power. In fact, the theory left plenty of room for nuanced analyses of nationalist doctrines, and for an understanding of their ambivalent impact on movements for social and international reform. The authors’ approach to national doctrines was profoundly shaped by their early attempts to counter the influence of idealistic nationalism in Germany, in both its statist and ethnocentric variants.

Keywords: ethnocentrism; Germany; Georg Hegel; historical materialism; ideology; Jewish Question; national identity; nationalism; statism; warfare

Chapter.  13448 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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