Chapter

Explaining Nationalism

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/10.1093/0198279590.003.0004
 Explaining Nationalism

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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

Chapter.  16612 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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