Communism and Nationalism: Karl Marx versus Friedrich List

Paperback | October 1, 1994

byRoman Szporluk

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In this highly original study, 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 ofnationalism 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 theproduct 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.

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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 historian...

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In this highly original study, 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 ofnationalism arose in response to the sweeping change...

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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...

Roman Szporluk is at Harvard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.27 × 5.12 × 0.94 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195051033

ISBN - 13:9780195051032

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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.

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"[A] remarkable book....Szporluk's investigation is especially valuable now given the burgeoning conflicts between Marxism and nationalism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe....Szporluk's book...provid[es] a basis for understanding if not solving the current tragic difficulties."--StudiumPapers