Marxism and nationalism

Fall 2018

Group leaders: KM & DR

I will simply point out an error of principle that has led the French astray since the first moment of their revolution.

The constitution of 1795, like its predecessors, has been drawn up for “Man.” Now, there is no such thing in the world as Man. In the course of my life, I have seen Frenchmen, Italians, Russians, etc.; I am even aware, thanks to Montesquieu, that one can be a Persian. But as for Man, I declare that I have never met him in my life. If he exists, I certainly have no knowledge of him.

— Joseph de Maistre, Considérations sur la France (1797)

CUNY Graduate Center
8th floor, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, October 10
  1. Eric Hobsbawm’s Nations and Nationalism since 1780 (1990)
  2. Kontraklasa, “Left Nationalism: A History of the Disease” (2017)
Wednesday, October 24
  1. Michael Billig, Banal Nationalism (1995)
  2. Paul Mattick, “Nationalism and Socialism” (1959)
Friday, November 15
  1. Rosa Luxemburg, The National Question (1907)
  2. Vladimir Lenin, The Right of Nations to Self-Determination (1914)
  3. Michael Löwy, “Marxists and the National Question” (1976)
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