"The working men have no country." What did Karl Marx mean by this statement, and why was this assertion considered to be subversive and dangerous to political regimes through Europe? Use direct quotes from The Communist Manifesto to support your argument. 

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Marx and Engels mean two things by this statement, which is a response to bourgeois accusations that they planned to abolish the nation-state. The first is that they saw the nation-state as a bourgeois entity, created by and for the bourgeoisie. This was increasingly true in the 1840s, the so-called "era of nationalism" in Europe. The revolutions that swept the continent in 1848, in particular, were largely motivated by nationalism, and Marx and Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto in the midst of these upheavals. Because these liberal nationalist revolutions were essentially bourgeois in nature, the proletarians had no interest in them. This was because, as they wrote, "the working men have no country." No nation looked after their interests—indeed, they sought to serve the interests of their antagonists, the bourgeoisie.

On a different level, Marx and Engels dismissed the ideological, quasi-mystical connections that nationalists claimed bound a people together. They saw language,...

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