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Deep History: A Study in Social Evolution and Human Potential
     

Deep History: A Study in Social Evolution and Human Potential

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by David Laibman
 

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ISBN-10: 0791469298

ISBN-13: 9780791469293

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Blends insights from several disciplines to offer a general theory of social evolution.

Does history have a direction? Are there principles that unify our experience and show connections among diverse places, times, and cultures? Seeking to answer these questions, Deep History offers a fresh theory of social evolution while thinking grandly about the human

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Blends insights from several disciplines to offer a general theory of social evolution.

Does history have a direction? Are there principles that unify our experience and show connections among diverse places, times, and cultures? Seeking to answer these questions, Deep History offers a fresh theory of social evolution while thinking grandly about the human condition. With his theory based in the Marxian and historical materialist tradition, David Laibman starts from scratch and utilizes some of the best insights in economics and economic history, sociology, political science, anthropology, history, and philosophy to construct a new framework for understanding the most general aspects of social evolution. He then applies this framework to modern era capitalist societies and, projecting it on a postcapitalist or socialist future, captures an understanding of the core momentum that has characterized our lived experience, a momentum considerate of diversity, contingency, and the role of human consciousness over time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791469293
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

PART I: The General Theory of Social Evolution

1. Agency, Causality, and History

2. Transition to Capitalism: The PF-PR Model and Alternatives

PART II: Capitalism: Structure, Logic, Stadiality

3. The Elusive Anatomy of Capitalist Society

4. The Logic of Capitalism: Growth and Crisis

5. A Stadial Model of the Capitalist Era

PART III: Beyond Capitalism: An Envisioned Future

6. Socialism: Beyond Capital, Beyond Class

7. The Soviet Experience and the Theory of Full Communism

Bibliography
Index

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