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A Marxist History of Capitalism

1st Edition

By Henry Heller

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148 pages

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Description

Henry Heller’s short account of the history of capitalism combines Marx’s economic and political thought with contemporary scholarship to shed light on the current capitalist crisis. It argues that capitalism is an evolving mode of production that has now outgrown its institutional and political limits.

The book provides an overview of the different historical stages of capitalism, underpinned by accessible discussions of its theoretical foundations. Heller shows that capitalism has always been a double-edged sword, on one hand advancing humanity, and on the other harming traditional societies and our natural environment. He makes the case that capitalism has now become self-destructive, and that our current era of neoliberalism may trigger a transition to a democratic and ecologically aware form of socialism.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Merchant capitalism

2. The political economy of capitalist transition

3. Ascendant capitalism (1789–1980)

4. Neoliberalism (1980–2017)

5. Towards socialism

About the Author

Henry Heller is Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS069030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POL005000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory