This book counters a range of assumptions commonly held about Marx's
views of nationalism and internationalism, not least by
twentieth-century marxists themselves. It shows that Marx did not
envisage the abolition of national communities or nation states; that
the politics of nationalism in Marx is not incompatible with a politics
of class; that Marx was repeatedly critical of a "utopian"
internationalism, and that the themes of nationalism and international
solidarity, far from being necessarily in opposition, can be seen in
many cases as mutually reinforcing. Nationalism then emerges in Marxist
theory as a form of political self-identification and mobilization that
can contribute to the broader project of social and political freedom.