Nations and nationalism: Marxist approaches to the subject

Glenn, John (1997) Nations and nationalism: Marxist approaches to the subject. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 3, (2), 79-100. (doi:10.1080/13537119708428503).


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It is well known that the universalist predilection of Marx and Engels' writings led them to predict the eventual dissolution of nations and their replacement by a community of humankind. This essay argues that despite this universalist bias their writings do provide at least partial explanations of both nationalism and the rise of the nation-state. It is argued that Marx and Engels provide four perspectives on the subject; two on nationalism and two on the nation-state. The contribution therefore examines the instrumentalist and uneven development accounts of nationalism and the technological and social class explanations of the nation-state.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13537119708428503
ISSNs: 1353-7113 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34098
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Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:01

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