Nations and nationalism: Marxist approaches to the subject
Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 3, (2), . (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.
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