Marxist History-writing for the Twenty-first Century

Paperback | July 5, 2007

EditorChris Wickham

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Since 1989, there have been many claims that Marxist approaches to history are out of date. As the challenge of more recent events shows, however, history has not stopped and historical change continues to need explanation. There is still plenty of space for structural analysis of how historyin all periods develops, and a Marxism un-linked to the Soviet past offers to many the most rigorous of these approaches. This volume explores from a wide variety of perspectives what Marxism has done for history-writing and what it can, or cannot, still do. Eight prominent historians and social scientists give their perspectives, both from Marxist and from non-Marxist positions, on the current state of history andwhat role Marxist analysis has in it. The volume is an important contribution to current historical debates, and will be of essential interest to historians and social scientists, and all those interested in how to explain history and politics.

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Since 1989, there have been many claims that Marxist approaches to history are out of date. As the challenge of more recent events shows, however, history has not stopped and historical change continues to need explanation. There is still plenty of space for structural analysis of how historyin all periods develops, and a Marxism un-li...

Chris Wickman is Chichele Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford and Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:170 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.44 inPublished:July 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

W G Runciman: IntroductionGareth Stedman-Jones: Marx's 'Critique of Political Economy':a theory of history of a theory of CommunismAndrea Giardina: The Marxist Historiography of the Ancient WorldChris Wickham: Memories of Underdevelopment: What has Marxism done for medieval history, and what can it still do?Robert Brenner: Property and Progress: Where Adam Smith went wrongCatherine Hall: Marxism and its OthersAlex Callinicos: Revolution and its vicissitudes: Marxist History and the twentieth centuryEric Hobsbawm: Marxist Historiography Today