Marxism and History

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Overview

This critically aclaimed book, now in its second edition is firmly established as an essential guide to this recent historiographical debate.

Adopted as a set book by the Open University.

An indispensable guide to Marxist historiography for undergraduates.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This volume is an excellent contribution to historiography.” —A.G.Meyer, American Historical Review

“Readable and scholarly . . . Refreshingly sober and discerning.” —R.N.Berki, Political Studies

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Marx's theory of history is often regarded as the most enduring and fruitful aspect of his intellectual legacy. This work establishes Marx's claims about social structure and historical change, discusses their use in his own and his follower's writings, and assesses the validity of his theories, with particular emphasis on the study of pre-industrial societies. Argues that Marx's social theories were profoundly contradictory and that Marxism is most useful when it is seen as a source of questions, concepts, and hypotheses, rather than as a philosophy of historical development. This second edition is revised. The author is a reader in history at the University of Manchester. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719056123
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

S.H. Rigby is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Marx's ambiguous legacy

Forces and relations of production

Marx's productive force determinism

Productive force determinism as Marxist orthodoxy.

The origins of productive force determinism.

Productive force determinism: A critique and an alternative.

Productive force determinism and functional explanation.

Productive force determinism: A critique.

Productive force determinism: An alternative.

Base and superstructure: Definition and determination.

Modes of production: Variant forms of the 'base'.

The political superstructure.

The idealist superstructure.

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