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Theory as history : essays on modes of production and exploitation
- Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, 2011.
- 406 pages ; 23 cm.
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- The essays collected here straddle four decades of work in both historiography and Marxist theory, combining source-based historical work in a wide range of languages with sophisticated discussion of Marx's categories. Key themes include the distinctions that are crucial to restoring complexity to the Marxist notion of a 'mode of production'; the emergence of medieval relations of production; the origins of capitalism; the dichotomy between free and unfree labour; and essays in agrarian history that range widely from Byzantine Egypt to 19th-century colonialism.
- Foreword; Acknowledgements; Chapter One Introduction: Themes in Historical Materialism; 1.1. Questions of theory; 1.2. A Marxist characterisation of 'Asiatic' régimes; 1.2.1. From the Asiatic to the tributary mode: Marx, Haldon and beyond; 1.2.2. Ruler and ruling class: configurations of the tributary mode; 1.3. Some general conclusions; Chapter Two Modes of Production in a Materialist Conception of History; 2.1. The retreat into historical formalism; 2.2. Produktionsweise as 'labour-process' and 'epoch of production'; 2.3. Levels of abstraction in historical materialism.
- Other information
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Identifying numbers
- OCLC: 709681339
- OCLC: 709681339