Nation and the nation-state in the views of M. Weber

Troitskiy K.E.

Institute of Philosophy, Russian academy of sciences, Moscow, Russia

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Troitskiy K.E. Nation and the nation-state in the views of M. Weber. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 8. P. 106-116


In addressing the variety of theoretical debates over Max Weber’s understanding of nation, this article provides a short overview of his ideas and key research papers about this subject. In his works, the idea of nation is presented as the main basis for the accordance within the state. On other hand, that idea entails the endeavor to separate institutionally own state from other states. The answer to the question, whether Weber would have approved impending National Socialism if he had lived longer, is absent in the article. At the same time, his decisive distancing from social Darwinism, anti-Semitism and national chauvinism testifies against such assumption.

Max Weber; values conflict; nationalism; nation-state; nation
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