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ISBN: 9781459411050-04

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Nationalism and "Social Imperialism"

From: The Great Class War 1914-1918

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As antidote against socialist internationalism, the elite stimulates nationalism.

“Social imperialism” à la Cecil Rhodes simultaneously serves as a safety valve that

reduces social pressure domestically by providing for the employment of proletarians

in distant colonies as soldiers, missionaries, etc. Moreover, as imperialism is

profitable, a cornucopia of raw materials and cheap labour, it becomes feasible to

treat workers in Europe itself a little better . . .

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Jacques R. Pauwels

JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.