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The National System: The World of Nations

Roman Szporluk

in Communism and Nationalism

Published in print November 1993 | ISBN: 9780195051032
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195051032.003.0008
The National System: The World of Nations

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Marx and List agreed on one thing and that was that the division of human society is the key to the central truth of human history. List asserted that Germany needed a policy of state intervention to be able to survive in the international community. Nations existed and shared the impulse on self-preservation especially in a world of competing nations. List's real position was to stress the need for nations to attain a high level of economic development. National economy was a lesson that needed to be learned so that one day freedom of trade would become a reality. For List, England was the world's first truly modern nation as England became an example and a pattern for other countries to emulate. List wanted Germany to challenge England when it comes to the latter's manufacturing supremacy.

Keywords: central truth; state intervention; self-preservation; national economy; manufacturing supremacy

Chapter.  7674 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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