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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Nationalism -- Enemy of Socialism

Prof Hillel Ticktin, Prof Susan Weissman.

The paper argues that nationalism has been through 3 major phases reflecting the stages of capitalism. The last phase involved a number of forms of nationalism, partly to do with imperialism and the reaction to it, partly to do with Stalinism and its demise and partly to do with the despair of a world in which the old order is dying without the new coming into being. In the period since the end of the Cold War, it is clear that nationalism has failed and its failure combined with the absence of socialism and the despair which it has engendered has led to the rise of reactionary and mystical forms of religious nationalism.


Prof Hillel Ticktin  (United Kingdom)
Emeritus Professor
CSSTM University of Glasgow

Professor Emeritus at Glasgow University, Hillel H. Ticktin was Professor of Marxist Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements, and Professor t the Institute of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland (retired in 2003). He is the editor of Critique and author of more than 80 articles on the USSR and its successors, as well as author and/or editor of six books.

Prof Susan Weissman  (United States)
Professor and Chair
Department of Politics
Saint Mary's College of CA

Susan Weissman is Professorof Politics at Saint Mary's College of California. She is the author of "Victor Serge: The Course is Set on Hope," (Verso Books), the Editor of "Victor Serge: Russia Twenty Years After," (Humanities Press) and "The Ideas of Victor Serge," (Critique Books), is an award-winning broadcast journalist, and sits on the editorial boards of "Against the Current," and "Critique."

  • Nationalism
  • Despair
  • Capitalism
  • Socialism
  • Imperialism
  • Stalinism
  • Religious Nationalism

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)