Communism and Nationalism

Communism and Nationalism : Karl Marx versus Friedrich List

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In this highly original study, Roman Szporluk examines the relationship between the two dominant ideologies of the 19th century--communism and nationalism--and their enduring legacy in the 20th century. Szporluk argues that both Karl Marx's theory of communism and Friedrich List's theory of nationalism arose in response to the sweeping changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and that both sought to promote industrialization as a means of reforming the modern world. Each ideology, the author contends, developed in relation to the other and can best be understood as the product of a complex interweaving of the two, producing in the 20th century new forms of nationalism that have incorporated Marxism into the fabric of their movement and Marxist states that have adopted threads of nationalistic belief. Casting the role of List and the intellectual development of Marx in an unorthodox light, this book adds a new dimension to the debate over the boundaries of nationalism and socialism in the development of political ideologies.show more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 147.3 x 217.4 x 29.2mm | 597.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195051025
  • 9780195051025

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`Roman Szporluk has written a fascinating, provocative, and wide-ranging book. He provides an excellent account of the development of Marx's views on nationalism which he skilfully contrasts with List's ... This excellent book is thus not only a fascinating historical study, it has a relevance to a major issue of the day which may not be immediately apparent from its characteristically unpretentious title.' The International History Review `thoughtful and invigorating book. Szporluk's arguments may sound familiar, but a brief resume can hardly do justice to the combination of boldness and subtlety with which he establishes his points. This is an admirably ambitious and well-organized book, combining careful exegesis with wide-ranging ideas. It should prove as fruitful to historians and political scientists as it does to economists concerned with problems of development Times Literary Supplement `extraordinarily timely and important new book ... should be widely read by students and others, both for the historical perspective that it provides and for the suggestive insights into the future that it is bound to stimulate' Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washingtonshow more

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'An extraordinary, timely, and important book. It comes at a time when communism is rapidly failing. In that context, nationalism is bound to assume even more importance than heretofore...This is an admirably ambitious and well-organized book, combining careful exegesis with wide-ranging ideas. It should prove as fruitful to historians and political scientists as it does to economists concerned with problems of development.show more

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