Reconciling nation and class in imperial borderlands: the making of Bolshevik internationalists Karl Radek and Feliks Dzierzynski in east central Europe

Liliana Riga

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    Abstract

    This article interprets the biographies of Polish Bolshevik revolutionaries, Feliks Dzierżyński and Karl Radek, in an attempt to concretize socialism's 'nationalities problem' in two exceptional, but emblematic, identities of the fin-de-siècle socialist movement. It situates their internationalism against the sociology of nationalism in multiethnic imperial borderlands. It argues that the appeal of socialist internationalism was contingent on the strength of nationalism: where nationalism was more politically articulate it undermined universalist ideologies. Therefore as socialism succeeded in transcending ethnonational boundaries only in the Tsarist Russian 'fourth time zone', Radek and Dzierżyński traveled eastwards from Polish nationalism to Bolshevik internationalism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)447-472
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Historical Sociology
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

    Keywords

    • nation
    • class
    • imperial borderlands
    • bolshevik internationalists
    • Karl Radek
    • Feliks Dzierzynski
    • Europe

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