Re: The Left and Nationalism Monthly Series: "The Left and Nationalism: Introducing the Debate" by Daniele Conversi

Congratulations Daniele for this work. I think it brings some good thoughts about the dialectic between nationalism and leftist approaches (whether Marxist or non-Marxist).

The Champlain Society Findings/Trouvailles October 2017

The Champlain Society Findings/Trouvailles October 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Shortt’s Critiques of British Medical Care, 1911
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The Champlain Society October 2017 Findings/Trouvailles post, "Dr. Elizabeth Shortt’s Critiques of British Medical Care, 1911” explores early Canadian critiques of the British medical system. Peter E. Paul Dembski shares excerpts of Dr. Shortt's diaries and letters related to her unexpected medical emergency experienced while in England in 1911.

Re: The Left and Nationalism Monthly Series: "The Left and Nationalism: Introducing the Debate" by Daniele Conversi

Thanks to John Breuilly, Robert Fontanot, and all the other more recent posts, to which I hope I can respond. In this post, I limit my comments to Ricardo Duchesne's multiple observations, as they stand out and develop in a way which I find problematic:

Catholic Constitutional Lawyer Bill Ball Defends Religious Education

Currently, about ten percent of students in the United States attend private schools, the majority of which are run by religious institutions. While they likely don’t know his name, many of these students owe their ability to go to these schools to William Bentley Ball.

Re: The Left and Nationalism Monthly Series: "The Left and Nationalism: Introducing the Debate" by Daniele Conversi

Many thanks, Daniele, for an excellent reflection on the complex relationship between nationalism and the Left. I fully agree that nationalism needs to be analysed within the framework of modernism, as you argued.

Re: The Left and Nationalism Monthly Series: "The Left and Nationalism: Introducing the Debate" by Daniele Conversi

I disagree with Ricardo Duchesne' comment that the Left will only support non-European nationalism. I find there is a tremendous amount of support for Scottish and Irish nationalism because, to a certain extent, they are considered anti-colonial nationalism. Further, particularly in the case of Scotland, nationalism is progressive. The Scottish Nationalist Party, for example, was pro-immigrant and anti-Cameron and anti-Brexit.

Re: The Left and Nationalism Monthly Series: "The Left and Nationalism: Introducing the Debate" by Daniele Conversi

Many thanks Daniele and John for your kind comments. Daniele’s words prompt me to suggest a contemporary topic which I find intriguing. As is well known, the 1968 protests spurred the (re)birth of many regional movements in Western Europe. Italy was no exception, and the first movements, those of Sardinia and Friuli, were clearly left-oriented. But the Venetian one, born at the end of the ‘70s, and today’s most blooming regionalism (nationalism?) in Italy, is rooted in a strongly Catholic – yet rapidly secularazing - environment.

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