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

I’d like to remark the richness and diversity of the theoretical reflection on nationalism by left-wing authors between 1848 and WWI, stimulated by the ongoing national conflicts in the Russian, Ottoman and Hapsburg empires. “The working men have no country”, it’s true, but this did not prevent Marx and Engels from defending the national rights of at least some peoples (the “historic” nations, which must assimilate those “without history”, like the Czechs).

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

Dear David
many thanks for your comments. That is certainly a stimulating interpretation.
Although the movement of resistance against the Vietnam war was not necessarily linked with nationalism, it occurred simultaneously with the rise of the Black Panthers and other movements which incorporated elements of nationalism and anti-colonialism. It was also in the 1960s that, in line with these movements, a durable 'ethnic revival' began in western Europe --as long acknowledged by Anthony D. Smith.

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

Thanks for this excellent introduction to this series, I'm looking forward to reading more of it as it develops. One small point I might raise. The essay here asks "Has the Left renounced nationalism forever after the two world wars?" I'd suggest that, at least in the United States, the critical turning point is the Vietnam War. Both WWI and WWII arguably strengthened certain elements of left-wing nationalism in the United States. But that's a minor quibble; I found this essay fascinating.

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

H-Nationalism is proud to publish here the first post of its “The Left and Nationalism Monthly Series”, which looks at the relationship between nationalism and left-wing movements and thinking in a multi-disciplinary perspective. Today’s contribution, by Professor Daniele Conversi (University of the Basque Country), provides a theoretical introduction to the relationship between nationalism and the Left.

 

Re: Minnesota State Public School: They Were Children...Not Numbers

Here's a story from a Minnesota that just appeared on 9/30/2017 about a former Minnesota State Public School resident: http://www.startribune.com/orphaned-as-a-baby-88-year-old-bloomington-ma... This bit of Midwest history is still very much alive and relevant.

“Mother” Millar’s Mission – Catholic Women’s Service in WW I

Imagine you purchased a box of used books and found buried within a tattered satchel dating from the First World War. What would you do with it? This scenario played in the summer of 2016, when a thrift store benefiting an Alabama-based women’s shelter contacted the CUA Archives.

The Black Child (re)Imagined

The latest post in the American Childhoods series on H-Amstdy is up. The piece, titled "The Black Child (re)Imagined," is by Debbie Olson. In it, Olson examines the connect between popular representations of Black youth and a propensity among many to view Black youth as prone to violence and criminality.

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