History of Capitalism
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The Accumulation of Capital
Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
The Accumulation of Capital An Anti-Critique and Imperialism and the Accumulation of Capital
Luxemburg, Rosa; Bukharin, Nikolai
Rosa Luxemburg's response to the criticisms of her book 'The Accumulation of Capital'. This volume also includes Nikolai Bukharin's reply to Luxemburg, 'Imperialism and the Accumulation of Capital'.
Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March
Pelz, William A.
Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated, from the End of the 15th Century. Forcing Down of Wages by Acts of Parliament: Capital, Volume One: Chapter 28
Agricultural people: first forcibly expropriated from the soil, driven from their homes, turned into vagabonds, and then whipped, branded, tortured by laws grotesquely terrible, into the discipline ne...
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
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, ...
Das Capital, Volume 2: The Process of Circulation of Capital
Das Capital, Volume 3: The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
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 and Slavery
Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy in...
The Communist Manifesto in Perspective
Eric Hobsbawm’s opening address to the international conference organised by Espaces Marx on the 150th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
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)
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...
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A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
The Economy of Cities
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
Amin argues that Eurocentrism is an ideological distortion, a myth and historical fallacy and argues for a new social, economic, cultural and political system based on socialist universalism.
The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time
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...
The History of Canadian Business 1867-1914: Volume I - The Banks and Finance Capital
A comprehensive history of Canadian business and a detailed account of the development of commerce and industry in the formative period from Confederation to the first World War. In Volume 1 on the ba...
The History of Canadian Business 1867-1914: Volume II - Industrial Development
This comprehensive two-volume history of Canadian business is a detailed account of the development of commerce and industry in the formative period from Confederation to the first World War. Volume I...
A History of Canadian Wealth
Myers lays bare the corruption, swindling, land deals, and bribery that are at the basis of Canadian history. This is Canada's past seen through the eyes of a muckraker.
The Industrial Development of Poland
First published in 1898, under the title Die Industrielle Entwicklung Polens.
The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves
Levine reviews the transition from peasantry to industrial labour and the impacts of captitalism in workers.
Karl Marx: Economist or Revolutionary?
Cleaver illustrates how, in the history of Marxist work on the theory of crisis, many have forgotten the revolutionary content of Marx’s own work and thus left themselves open to the dangers of capita...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
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...
Marx on Economics
Marx, Karl (Freedman ed.)
A systematic compilation of extracts drawn from Marx's publications with brief summaries of their arguments.
A Marxist History of the World part 29: The peculiarity of Europe: e
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 34: The new monarchies
Neil Faulkner looks at how the transition from feudalism to capitalism introduced a new model of unified states, centralised government, royal armies, internal repression and national-dynastic wars.
A Marxist History of the World part 50: The Industrial Revolution
Frederick Engels was sent to Manchester, centre of the Industrial Revolution, to dispel his radicalism. Instead it made him the revolutionary he is remembered as today, Neil Faulkner explains.
A Marxist History of the World part 53: What is Marxism?
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the complex history of Marxism - and how capitalism produced its own gravediggers.
A Marxist History of the World part 54: What is Capitalism?
In this critical chapter of his world history, Neil Faulkner explores capitalism and what it means from the Industrial Revolution to the present day.
A Marxist History of the World part 58: The Meiji Restoration
An event which would shape the history of the Far East until 1945, Japan’s bourgeois revolution ‘from above’ is explored by Neil Faulkner in this week's Marxist History.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 17, 2017: Collective Memory and Cultural Amnesia
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Our society is obsessed with the short-term present. It devalues memory and the past. But there are those who do remember, and who work to preserve and share our collective memory. But they have to co...
Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations
Marx, Karl (with an introduction by Eric J. Hobsbawm)
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...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
A Short History of Primitive Accumulation: From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel
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...
Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Book Review: Edward E. Baptist’s "The Half Has Never Been Told"
Larson, Charles R.
A review of Edward E. Baptist’s examination of slavery, presented in an entirely new way, extensively through the voices of the slaves themselves.
Studies in the Development of Capitalism
Dobb, Maurice M.A.
A Marxist interpretation of economic development in the period of modern capitalism. Starting with the decline of serfdom, the book deals with the beginnings of the bourgeoisie in the rising urban com...
The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism: A Symposium
Sweezy, P.M; Dobb,M; Takahashi H.K; Hilton,R; Hill,C.
What is Economics?
An outline of economics from a Marxist perspective.
A Marxist History of the World part 84: State Capitalism in Russia
By the end of the 1920s, Stalin's party-state apparatus had become the dominant force in Russian society. A bureaucratic ruling class was formed, and all forms of dissent and resistance were treated a...
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