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Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the U.S.S.R. / Edition 1

Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the U.S.S.R. / Edition 1

by Stephen A. Resnick, Richard D. Wolff

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ISBN-10: 0415933188

ISBN-13: 9780415933186

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Table of Contents

Part 1Communism
Chapter 1A General Class Theory3
The Classical Tradition5
Our Basic Terms8
Utopia and Communism: A Brief Digression10
A Concrete Communism13
Communist Class Structures: Centralization versus Decentralization16
Culture, Politics, and Economics of Communism20
AppendixHow Societies Differ--A Methodological Problem42
Chapter 2The Many Forms of Communism51
Class and Property52
Class and Markets59
Class and Power65
Classless Communism and Proletarian Dictatorship71
Socialism and Communism74
Part 2State Capitalism
Chapter 3A Class Theory of State Capitalism85
Capitalisms and Exploitation85
Justifying the Label "Capitalist"88
Value Analysis for State Capitalism: A Technical Digression92
Capitalisms, Communisms, and Socialisms95
Chapter 4Debates over State Capitalism104
Conflicting Concepts104
Power as the Theoretical Key111
Weaknesses of Power Theories119
Part 3The Rise and Fall of the USSR
Chapter 5Class Structures and Tensions before 1917133
The Fundamentals: Feudal, Ancient, Capitalist, and Communist133
The Complexities143
The Contradictions and the Revolution146
Chapter 6Revolution, War Communism, and the Aftermath156
Changing the State and Class Structures158
Organizing the New Class Structures164
A Class and Value Analysis of War Communism169
Class Contradictions after War Communism175
Chapter 7Revolution, Class, and the Soviet Household183
Bolshevik Class Blindness185
New Economic Policy/Old Household Policy192
Chapter 8The New Economic Policies of the 1920s206
Relations between Agriculture and Industry: An Overview209
The NEP in Class and Value Terms213
A History of NEP Contradictions222
Adjusting State Industrial Capitalism227
Revolution and NEP as a Transition to State Capitalism229
Chapter 9The Transformations of the 1930s237
New Complexities and Contradictions238
Communism in Agriculture243
State Capitalism and Industry257
The Industrial Workers262
Stalinism and Class268
Appendix AThe Value Equation for Collective Farms273
Appendix BThe Value Crisis of Collective Farms274
Chapter 10Class Contradictions and the Collapse281
Class Structures after World War Two282
Postwar Culture286
Postwar Politics298
Postwar Economy310
State, Enterprise, and Household Transitions316
The Collapse321
Appendix AThe Value Equation for Military Expenditures325
Appendix BThe Value Equation for International Terms of Trade326

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