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Ubi Bene, Ibi Patria: Patriotism, Nationalism and Internationalism in Robert Michels’ Reflection

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This chapter aims to prove how Robert Michels' confrontation with the nation took place well beyond the narrowest limits of the "methodological nationalism". And, by doing so, it also intends to shed light on that idealistic aspiration which appears to have constantly guided his actions both on the practical and the theoretical level. The chapter refers to that aspiration aimed at wedding, in light of the ubi bene, ibi patria principle, the love of the nation with the love of the world, so that the first became a prerequisite for the second and that there was no longer "any difference of substance, but only of degree" between patriotism and internationalism. It focuses on the various personal, political and scientific reasons and retraces the evolution of Michels' reflection on the national question in relation to his controversial biographic and intellectual itinerary, highlighting the elements of continuity and discontinuity.

Keywords: ibi patria principle; internationalism; methodological nationalism; Michels' reflection; patriotism; ubi bene



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