04-19-2017, 08:55 PM
Looks like a good article, will check it out
The French revolution was the origin of nationalism as we know it; socialism has a longer pedigree, however, going back to heretical, low-church Christian sects of the medieval period (Joachimites, Taborites, Coercive Anabaptists, etc, and then later the Fifth Monarchy Men, Diggers, etc). But the French revolution unleashed these lumpenproles on the world at large. The revolutions of 1848-49 represented their second wind (for nationalism also, and for their sibling, democracy), and then of course 1917 their triumph. Rothbard on the pre-1789 history of Communism, Karl Marx As Religious Eschatologist. The most interesting/accurate book on the French revolution you're likely to find, given the fellow-traveler scrubbing of the last two centuries, The French Revolution: A Study In Democracy.