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7. The Political Reasons for a Disconnection

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As stated, Marx never grounded the notion of 'nonhistoric peoples' theoretically, and it belonged rather more to the rich and contradictory world of allegories that he so indulged in, and thus his utilization of this concept was of a strongly political rather than ideological implication, then what political facts could have led Marx to again dig up this idea for use in the Latin-American case, when he had so manifestly abandoned it with regard to other scenarios from the 1850s onwards? This chapter demonstrates that it is in Marx's sharp anti-Bonapartism that we can locate the political motives that led to his resurrection of this notion and the blind-spot to which his thought was consequently doomed. In the Europe of the second half of the nineteenth century, Napoleon III was the ruler most involved in the Latin-American nations' attempts to become involved in the European cultural and political scene.

Keywords: anti-Bonapartism; Latin America; Marx; Napoleon III; political motives



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