Marx and History: From Primitive Society to the Communist Future

Marx and History: From Primitive Society to the Communist Future

by D. Ross Gandy


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In this book Marx's observations on history, which are found scattered throughout his voluminous writings, are brought together and subjected to searching analysis. D. Ross Gandy writes in refreshingly direct language, without resorting to jargon. For the first time we have a thoughtful assessment of Marx's views on all the epochs that cross his historical vision. Gandy treats Marx's ideas on primitive societies, on ancient Roman and Asiatic civilization, on the structure of feudalism, on strategies for overthrowing capitalism, and on the hypothetical communist future. Among the author's departures from traditional readings of Marx are his interpretations of class struggle, his conception of social strata, and his cogent analysis of the "new Marxism." Since many aspects of Marxist historical theory have been neglected or distorted, Gandy's remarkably clear commentary, based on extensive research—including an exhaustive study of the forty-volume Marx-Engels Werke—will doubtless stimulate debate among sociologists and other students of social change, political scientists, and historians.

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ISBN-13: 9780292740952
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

D. Ross Gandy has written and contributed to several books on Marxism and Mexican economic history.

Table of Contents

Prefatory NoteAcknowledgmentsI. The New MarxismOfficial MarxismThe New MarxismHistory and MarxII. Precapitalist Modes of ProductionPrimitive CommunismThe Asiatic ModeThe Ancient ModeThe Feudal ModeConclusionIII. CapitalismThe Rise of CapitalismContinuing RevolutionIV. CommunismThe Socioeconomic StructureThe Transition PeriodThe Future SocietyV. ClassesDefinition of ClassClass FractionsClasses, Parties, LeadersClass StruggleLatent and Open StruggleVI. Historical SociologyThe Aim of the TheoryThe Economic BasisThe Political SuperstructureThe Social IdeologiesThe Social FormationInteraction and DeterminismMaterialist TheoryAppendix. Marx’s Theory of RevolutionNotesBibliography

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