The Accumulation of Capital / Edition 2

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Rosa Luxemburg was a revolutionary socialist who fought and died for her beliefs. In January 1919, after being arrested for her involvement in a workers' uprising in Berlin, she was brutally murdered by a group of right-wing soldiers. Her body was recovered days later from a canal. Six years earlier she had published what was undoubtedly her finest achievement, The Accumulation of Capital - a book which remains one of the masterpieces of socialist literature. Taking Marx as her starting point, she offers an independent and fiercely critical explanation of the economic and political consequences of capitalism in the context of the turbulent times in which she lived, reinterpreting events in the United States, Europe, China, Russia and the British Empire. Many today believe there is no alternative to global capitalism. This book is a timely and forceful statement of an opposing view.
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'Rosa Luxemburg is one of the really big figures in the history of the international socialist movement and The Accumulation of Capital is unquestionably her magnum opus.' - New Statesman

'This book, out of print for decades, is well worth reading ... one of her finest works.' - Labour Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415304450
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/11/2003
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919). Polish-born revolutionary who was a leader of the left-wing movement in Germany from 1898 until her murder in 1919.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Routledge Classics Edition ix
Translator's Note xv
A Note on Rosa Luxemburg xvii
Introduction xxi
Section I The Problem of Reproduction 1
1 The Object of our Investigation 3
2 Quesnay's and Adam Smith's Analyses of the Process of Reproduction 19
3 A Criticism of Smith's Analysis 35
4 Marx's Scheme of Simple Reproduction 48
5 The Circulation of Money 65
6 Enlarged Reproduction 79
7 Analysis of Marx's Diagram of Enlarged Reproduction 92
8 Marx's Attempt to Resolve the Difficulty 111
9 The Difficulty Viewed from the Angle of the Process of Circulation 128
Section II Historical Exposition of the Problem 145
Round 1 Sismondi-Malthus v. Say-Ricardo-MacCulloch 145
10 Sismondi's Theory of Reproduction 147
11 MacCulloch v. Sismondi 165
12 Ricardo v. Sismondi 177
13 Say v. Sismondi 185
14 Malthus 194
Round 2 The Controversy between Rodbertus and von Kirchmann 201
15 v. Kirchmann's Theory of Reproduction 203
16 Rodbertus' Criticism of the Classical School 214
17 Rodbertus' Analysis of Reproduction 228
Round 3 Struve-Bulgakov-Tugan Baranovski v. Vorontsov-Nikolayon 247
18 A New Version of the Problem 249
19 Vorontsov and his 'Surplus' 255
20 Nikolayon 263
21 Struve's 'Third Persons' and 'Three World Empires' 271
22 Bulgakov and his Completion of Marx's Analysis 277
23 Tugan Baranovski and his 'Lack of Proportion' 290
24 The End of Russian 'Legalist' Marxism 303
Section III The Historical Conditions of Accumulation 307
25 Contradictions within the Diagram of Enlarged Reproduction 309
26 The Reproduction of Capital and its Social Setting 328
27 The Struggle against Natural Economy 348
28 The Introduction of Commodity Economy 366
29 The Struggle against Peasant Economy 375
30 International Loans 399
31 Protective Tariffs and Accumulation 426
32 Militarism as a Province of Accumulation 434
Index 448
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