Biography:

One of their most recent publications is From moralism to modernism:: Robert Michels on the history, theory and sociology of patriotism. Which was published in journal History of European Ideas.

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Duncan Kelly's Articles: (1)

From moralism to modernism:: Robert Michels on the history, theory and sociology of patriotism

AbstractRobert Michels is best known as the author of a classic work of political sociology, Political Parties. However, not only are his voluminous other writings typically sidelined in most commentary, but his quite substantial writings on the subject of patriotism have been the subject of almost total neglect. This paper examines these writings and suggests that Michels's analyses of patriotism can indeed best be interpreted within the context of his general intellectual trajectory from socialist to ‘elite theorist’. However, one important consequence of illustrating Michels's account of the history, theory and sociology of patriotic thought in particular is that the picture of the transition in his writings towards elite theory appears to be rather more complex than is normally appreciated. A corollary of this is that the descriptive tag of ‘elite theorist’ actually obscures important aspects of Michels's position in the history of European ideas.

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