Nationalism and Socialism

Marxist and Labor Theories of Nationalism to 1917

Horace Bancroft Davis


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2011

258 pages

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Nationalism and Socialism is a study in the history of Marxian ideas; but it is also an attempt to show how the ideas are related to the society from which they sprang, and how the changes in social relations were reflected in the emergence of a whole new formulation of nationalist theory. Horace Davis brings together, for the first time in English, the contributions of the many writers in the Marxist and Labour camps to the development of nationality theory down to 1917. The verbal battles between Bakunin and Engels, and between Rosa Luxemburg and Lenin, are shown to treat issues that marked the course of the entire twentieth century.

Horace Bancroft Davis

Horace Bancroft Davis was trained as a labour economist at Harvard and Columbia, and taught social science at many different institutions of higher education in the United States. He worked as a labourer in several industries, including steel, and served several different unions at different times as editor and researcher. His books include Toward a Marxist Theory of Nationalism, published by Monthly Review Press.