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Classical Marxism in an Age of Capitalist Crisis

The Past is Prologue, 1st Edition

By William Briggs

Routledge India

200 pages

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Will capitalism survive forever?

Capitalism has always lived in and with crisis. Wars, revolutions, economic depression and repeated recessions, the threat of nuclear annihilation and ecological disaster have all failed to break the dominance of this economic and political system.

Challenging the predominance of capitalism in a world fraught with inequalities, this book returns to classical Marxism to reaffirm its relevance. It explores the contradictions within capitalism as well as explaining why Marxism has been unable to mount a sustained challenge to capitalism. In order to explore concrete alternatives in a period of increasing capitalist globalisation and crisis, it goes on to present perspectives by which theory and practice might be reunited to building independent political and organisational structures.

A search for “something better”, this volume will be an engaging read for scholars and researchers of politics, especially political theory and political economy, economics, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Capitalist Crisis and the Relevance of Marxism 2. Learning from Marxism’s Historical Crisis 3. Validating Marxist Analysis 4. The Development of the Capitalist State 5. A Qualitative Change in Capitalism and its Implications 6. Responding to Capitalist Globalisation 7. The Promise of Marxism 8. Conclusion

About the Author

William Briggs is an academic affiliated to the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Education at Deakin University, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Propaganda
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC043000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies