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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

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

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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.

About the Author:
David Laibman is Professor of Economics at Brooklyn College and The Graduate School, The City University of New York

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     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
The General Theory of Social Evolution
Agency, Causality, and History     2
Transition to Capitalism: The PF-PR Model and Alternatives     37
Capitalism: Structure, Logic, Stadiality
The Elusive Anatomy of Capitalist Society     66
The Logic of Capitalism: Growth and Crisis     90
A Stadial Model of the Capitalist Era     117
Beyond Capitalism: An Envisioned Future
Socialism: Beyond Capital, Beyond Class     144
The Soviet Experience and the Theory of Full Communism     172
Bibliography     199
Index     211

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