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

First, I want to thank Emmanuel for organising this inspiring debate and allowing us to discuss a topic of crucial importance in contemporary politics.

Here are my replies to the comments above, in reverse order:

ISSF Policy Roundtable 2-2: Emmanuel Macron’s Political Revolution in France

H-Diplo | ISSF POLICY Roundtable 2-2 (2017):
Emmanuel Macron’s Political Revolution in France

Published on 17 November 2017 | issforum.org

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

On behalf of H-Nationalism, I'd like to thank Daniele Conversi for his excellent post and all participants in the discussion for their stimulating comments. The second post of our series will be published next Monday (20 November). Don't miss it!

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).

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:

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.

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

In fact, the feeling of simply people, their sensitive factors of self-consciousness (religion, family, language and territory e.g.) sholud be (theorethically) cared by Leftists too... even if the faster and stronger national mobilization - mostly without limits - is realized in the conditions of war and revolution! That was the end of Austria-Hungary during the Great War: when nationalities lost their own identification in the Hapsburg and the Monarchy...

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