Economic History

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The Accumulation of Capital
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1913
Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
Africa rising? The economic history of sub-Saharan Africa
Olamosu, Biodun; Wynne, Andy
Article
2015
An overview of the economic history of sub-Saharan Africa since independence (around 1960 for most countries).
The Age of Finance Capital -- and the Irrelevance of Mainstream Economics
Hossein-Zadeh, Ismail
Article
2015
Despite the fact that the manufacturers of ideas have elevated economics to the (contradictory) levels of both a science and a religion, a market theodicy, mainstream economics does not explain much w...
Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism
Mattick, Paul Jr.
Book
2011
In Business as Usual Paul Mattick explains the recession in jargon-free style, without shying away from serious analysis. He explores current events in relation to the development of the world economy...
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
Book
1967
The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases.
Capitalism is a Waste of Time: Godwin, Malthus & the Ideology of "No Alternative"
Rhodes, Jason
Article
2010
The "no alternative" of permanent scarcity is both the all too familiar essence of our daily politics as well as the ideology at the heart of the discipline of economics, defined in the most widely us...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
Book
This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, an...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II: Economic Writings 2
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis and Paul Le Blanc)
Book
This volume contains a new English translation of Luxemburg’s most important book, The Accumulation of Capital (1913) as well as her response to its critics. Taken together, they constitute one of the...
Debt Bondage Or Self-Reliance: A Popular Perspective on the Global Debt Crisis
Book
1985
Describes the effects of international debt on workers, the unemployed, and peasants who neither asked for or benefit from such debt. It describes the growing number of people's movements in Canada an...
Democracy Against Capitalism
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Book
1995
Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism, understood to be the most radical social and economic democracy.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
The Economic Crisis in Fact and Fiction: Paul Mattick Jr. with John Clegg and Aaron Benanav
Mattick, Paul Jr.; Clegg, John; Benanav, Aaron
Article
2011
An interview with Paul Mattick Jr., the author of Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism.
Economic History As It Happened - Volume I: The Dynamics of U.S. Capitalism: Corporate Structure, Inflation, Credit, Gold, and the Dollar
Sweezy, Paul; Magdoff, Harry
Book
The unique feature of these essays is the point of view of the authors. Unlike almost all others possessing their kind of technical expertise, they view these matters from the standpoint of society. I...
Economic History As It Happened - Volume II: The End of Prosperity: The American Economy in the 1970s
Sweezy, Paul; Magdoff, Harry
Book
Paul M. Sweezy and Harry Magdoff, the editors of Monthly Review, set out the development of U.S. and global capitalism from the late 1960s to the 'financial explosion' age of the early 1990s and after...
Economic History As It Happened - Volume III: The Deepening Crisis of U.S. Capitalism
Sweezy, Paul M; Magdoff, Harry
Book
In these essays, written between 1977 and 1981, the authors assess the results of efforts taken to stabilize the economy after the epochal changes of the early 1970s, the end of capitalism's 'golden a...
An Economic History of West Africa
Hopkins, A.G.
Book
1973
An examination of the economy of West Africa from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
The Economy of Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1970
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
The Faltering Economy: The Problem of Accumulation Under Monopoly Capitalism
Foster, John Bellamy; Szlajfer, Henryk
Book
1984
The essays in this volume are part of a radical attempt to grapple with the problems of advanced capitalist development without discarding the real theoretical breakthroughs made by Keynes.
The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx: 1843 to Capital
Mandel, Ernest
Book
1971
Mandel discusses the development of Marx's economic ideas from their beginning to the completion of the Grundrisse. He combines a historical retrospective and a review of curent discussions on each of...
The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time
Polanyi, Karl
Book
1944
Polanyi analyzes the social and political upheavals that took place in England during the rise of the market economy. Polanyi contends that the modern market economy and the modern nation-state should...
Imperialism, Nationalism, and Canada.
Heron, Craig (ed.) Introduction by John Saul and Craig Heron
Book
1977
Interpretations of Canada's status in the system of world imperialism and the internal dynamics of class, race, and region within the Canadian national state.
Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism
Warren, Bill
Book
1980
Argues that the accepted theories of imperialism are profoundly flawed.
Ireland and the Irish Question
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Brings together all of Marx's and Engels' writing on Ireland in one volume.
The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times
Arrighi, Giovanni
Book
1994
A comprehensive analysis of the development of world capitalism over the millennium.The Long Twentieth Century traces the epochal shifts in the relationship between capital accumulation and state form...
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
The Mark
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1892
A short essay on the primitive form of collective land ownership in Germany and the subsequent development of private property.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 28: Marx 1857 - 1861
Marx, Karl
Book
1861
Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 29: Marx 1857 - 1861
Marx, Karl
Book
Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 30: Marx 1861 - 1863
Marx, Karl
Book
Economic Manuscripts of 1861-63.
A Marxist History of the World part 29: The peculiarity of Europe: e
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Why Europe? Why was it that the second great transformation in human existence - the development of capitalism and industrial society - was pioneered on the western edge of the Eurasian land-mass?
A Marxist History of the World part 32: Lord, burgher, and peasant in medieval Europe
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Feudalism is often portrayed as a stagnant system where little changed over centuries. The reality was a system that was more dynamic and productive than anything before it argues Neil Faulkner.
Nature of Economies
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2000
Jacobs argues that since human beings exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect, we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planni...
On Pre-Capitalist Social Formations and the Peasantry
Engels, Friedrich; Marx, Karl
Article
Parasites in the Body Economic: the Disasters of Neoliberalism
Hudson, Michael
Article
2015
Michael Hudson discusses his new book, "Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy."
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations II
Marx, Karl
Article
1857
Notes by Marx not intended for publication.
Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations
Marx, Karl (with an introduction by Eric J. Hobsbawm)
Book
1858
Thes notes of 1857-1858 throw light on Marx's views concerning the economic development of human society as a whole, from "primitive communism" to capitalism and socialistm. The notes deal partcularly...
Privatizing Social Security: Who Wins?: Against The Current vol. 114
Prins, Nomi
Article
2005
Over the years, there have been numerous attempts and proposals to privatize the social security system. It was a key Republican platform item in the 2000 election. The idea was subsequently thwarte...
Radical Perspectives on the Economic Crisis of Monopoly Capitalism
URPE/PEA Teach-In/Teach-Out Pamphlet Collective
Book
1975
A popular education pamphlet on the economic crises of monopoly capitalism.
A Short History of Primitive Accumulation: From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel
Perelman, Michael
Article
2013
In Capital, Smith’s concept of “original accumulation” appeared as a word that could mean either original or primitive. Then in the English translation of the English translation of Capital “primitive...
Some Reflections on the Evolution of Canada's Political Economy: and its Implications on its Families and Communities
Article
1979
This position statement by the Vanier Institute is originally published in the January 1979 issue of their newsletter Transition.
The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism: A Symposium
Sweezy, P.M; Dobb,M; Takahashi H.K; Hilton,R; Hill,C.
Book
1967
A Travesty of Financial History: Bank Lobbyists will Applaud
Hudson, Michael
Article
2016
Debt mounts up faster than the means to pay. Yet there is widespread lack of awareness regarding what this debt dynamic implies. From Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC to the modern world, the wa...

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Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
International Institute of Social History
Maintains a collection, conducts research and offers a range of services in the field of national and international social history in general and labour history in particular. Since 2005, it has in ad...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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The Myths of Reaganomics
Rothbard, Murray N.
1987
How well did Reagan succeed in cutting government spending, surely a critical ingredient in any plan to reduce the role of government in everyone's life? In 1980, the last year of free-spending Jimmy ...

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Marxists Internet Archive
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Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.