Marxism and History

Marxism and History

by S. H. Rigby, Rigby
     
 

Marx's theory of history is often regarded as the most enduring and fruitful aspect of his intellectual legacy. His "historical materialism" has been the inspiration for some of the best historical writing in the works of scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm, E.P.Thompson, Rodney Hilton and Robert Brenner. S.H. Rigby establishes Marx's claims about social structure and

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Marx's theory of history is often regarded as the most enduring and fruitful aspect of his intellectual legacy. His "historical materialism" has been the inspiration for some of the best historical writing in the works of scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm, E.P.Thompson, Rodney Hilton and Robert Brenner. S.H. Rigby establishes Marx's claims about social structure and historical change, discusses their use in his own and his followers' writings, and assesses the validity of his theories. He argues that Marx's social theories were profoundly contradictory and that Marxism has proved most useful when it is seen as a source of questions, concepts and hypotheses rather than as a philosophy of historical development.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719056123
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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

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