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Posted February 10, 2000
In the preface to this book, Szporluk says he wants to discover what Karl Marx thought about the economist Friedrich List. He then ignores this endeavor and instead describes the ideas of first Marx and then List within their historical context - information analyzed in uncountable works prior to this author. Sporluk is sweeping - quoting Bertrand Russell, mentioning Rosa Luxembourg and even Martin Luther. The author attempts to say something intelligent about unfolding nationalism and communism from Great Britain to Russia in the time span of a century and ends up with muddled thinking. He even plucks in science and technology at the very end - a topic never mentioned prior to the last paragraph. Moreover, the writing makes classic mistakes of a freshman undergraduate: question marks rather than statements pepper each chapter and his concluding remarks in each section are weak. For a serious treatment of communism and nationalism don't consult the mediocre - go right to the best: Karl Deutsch, George Lichtheim or Ernest Gellner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.