Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: The Case of Colonial India

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Overview

"The strength of the book lies in the lucid account of the turmoil in the Indian communist movement in the early years and the Comintern's total insensitivity to the Indian conditions. "
—Indian Review of Books
"The book addresses tantalisingly the crucial question of the relative strengths of nationalism and communism.... The author writes well and clearly. He has brought out the nuances and the theoretical acrobatics practised by Indian leftists in the Twenties and Thirties with great care and understanding, situating all these in the mainstream controversies of Marxist thought. "
—The Hindu
"Thoroughly researched. . . . The entire book may be taken as a questionnaire not only on India's colonial past but also on her present and future. "
—The Telegraph
"This book is very readable. "
—Business Standard
What impact did the Western ideologies of nationalism and Marxism have on colonial India? This is the central question explored in this absorbing volume. The author traces the inroads the two ideologies made in colonial India, how Marxism merged with nationalism, and how Marxism actually became a form of nationalism in India. Essentially a history of Marxist theory, the distinguishing features of this book are the questions it asks of its material and its methodological approach. At the heart of this approach is the proposition that theories are always answers to questions. In this framework, the author traces the process by which national and nationalist concerns were framed as questions within a Marxist theoretical tradition and shows how they came to be "answered. "
In addition to scholars and students engaged in South Asian studies, this insightful book will be of considerable interest to students of Marxism, history, and nationalism in general, as well as those interested in the history of ideas, political theory, and political thought.

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Taking as an example the encounter of Marxism with nationalism in colonial India, explores how the two ideas became inextricably intertwined in much of the colonial world. Critically examines political documents to trace how people devoted to socialism came to see nationalism as the essential feature of the non-west, and how that conception changed Marxism in India and throughout the world. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803992078
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/12/1995
  • Pages: 260

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE
Lenin's Reformulation of Marxism
The Colonial Question as a National Question
The Communist International
The 'National and Colonial Question'
PART TWO
M N Roy and Indian Nationalism
Marxism as Science, Pedagogy and Organization
The Early Years of the Indian Communist Movement
Class Stuggle and Nationalist Struggle
The Politics of the United National Front
'Nehruvian Socialism', 1927-37
Marxism,Nationalism and the Pursuit of Modernity
Conclusion

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