The idea of nationalism in Soviet foreign policy
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As one examines the historical record of Marxism on the national question, it becomes evident that Soviet Russian use of the national idea in foreign policy since 1918 has been a logical extension of ideas first advanced by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the nineteenth century. For one thing, it has been based on the classical Marxian assumption that the nation and nationalism possess no lasting value, that, as the products of capitalist economics, they will disappear with the advent of socialism on a world scale. For another thing, it has also been based on Marx's acceptance of the nation and nationalism as acts to be reckoned with as long as they do exist, and even to be promoted at such times when the paramount revolutionary interest will be served best. In this first chapter, attention will be centered on the character of the classical Marxian regard for the national question, its eclipse in socialist thinking after Marx's death, and its revival and remolding by Lenin to it the circumstances of the Russian revolution. [TRUNCATED]
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