Nationalism in the Soviet Union

Nationalism in the Soviet Union

Nationalism in the Soviet Union

Nationalism in the Soviet Union

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The following inquiry is based both on theoretical study and on actual experience of the new atmosphere in Russia during a journey which I made in the summer of 1931 for the Frankfurter Zeitung. Contact with the new type of man who is growing up in the Soviet Union, and with his ideas and ideals, has made plain to me to how great an extent the phenomenon of nationalism in the Soviet Union is intellectually part and parcel of the new system of faith and philosophy, and how the problems of nationalism and the efforts to grapple with them can only be understood if considered in relation to the system as a whole. Much less attention, however, has been paid to the problem of nationalism in the U.S.S.R. and the effort to grapple with it than to economic questions, although in Europe and the East alike nationalism continues to this day to be the formative element that it has been in modern historic development, the myth of our epoch, showing itself stronger in times of strong . . .

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