1st Edition

Marxist Historiographies
A Global Perspective

ISBN 9780415723442
Published August 11, 2015 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Marxist Historiographies is the first book to examine the ebb and flow of Marxist historiography from a global and cross-cultural perspective. Since the eighteenth century, few schools of historical thought have exerted a more lasting impact than Marxism, and this impact extends far beyond the Western world within which it is most commonly analysed.

Edited by two highly respected authors in the field, this book deals with the effect of Marxism on historical writings not only in parts of Europe, where it originated, but also in countries and regions in Africa, Asia, North and South America and the Middle East. Rather than presenting the chapters geographically, it is structured with respect to how Marxist influence was shown in the works of historians in a particular area. This title takes a dual approach to the subject; some chapters are national in scope, addressing the Marxist impact on historical practices within a country, whereas others deal with the varied expressions of Marxist historiography throughout a wider region.

Taking a truly global perspective on this topic, Marxist Historiographies demonstrates clearly the breadth and depth of Marxism’s influence in historical writing throughout the world and is essential reading for all students of historiography.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors. Introduction.  Part I: Marxism and Capitalism  1. The Marxist Tradition of Historiography in the West Georg G. Iggers  2. The Influence of Marx on Historiography of the United States and North America William D. Carrigan  Part II: Marxism and Marxist History  3. From the Center to the Margin: The Fate of Marxism in Contemporary Russian Historiography Mikhail Krom  4. Marxism in Post-Communist East and Central European Historical Writing Attila Pók  5. Rewriting Modern Chinese History in the Reform Era: Changing Narratives and Perspectives in Chinese Historiography Huaiyin Li  6. Latin American Marxist History: Rise, Fall and Resurrection Juan Maiguaschca  Part III: Marxism and National History  7. Turkish Marxist Historiography: A Story of Denationalization Meltem Toksöz  8. Marxism and Brazilian Historiography Jurandir Malerba and Ronaldo Pereira de Jesus  9. The Importance and Legacy of Marxist History in Japan Curtis Anderson Gayle  Part IV: Marxism and Postcolonial Studies  10. Thinking through Transition: Marxist Historiography in India Rochona Majumdar  11. Marxism and Middle Eastern History Ervand Abrahamian  12. Marxist Influence in African History-Writing Georg G. IggersConclusion. Index.

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Q. Edward Wang is Professor of History at Rowan University in the US and Changjiang Professor of History at Peking University in China. Since 2005 he has also served as Secretary General of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography. Among his publications are Inventing China through History: the May Fourth Approach to Historiography (2001); Mirroring the Past: the Writing and Use of History in Imperial China (2005; coauthored); and Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History (2015).

Georg G. Iggers is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at The State University of New York, Buffalo, and the co-founder in 1980 of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography. His publications include The German Conception of History (1968), New Directions in European Historiography (1975), and Historiography in the Twentieth Century (1997) and, co-authored with Q. Edward Wang and Supriya Mukherjee, A Global History of Modern Historiography (2008).


"A very rich volume on a subject that has had, and still has, a profound impact on historiography all around the world. A must-read for all those who want to gain insight into the history of historiography beyond the classical Eurocentric perspective."

Berber Bevernage, Ghent University, Belgium

"Isn’t Marxism dead? Hardly. As demonstrated in this collection edited by Wang and Iggers, the global influence of Marxist thought is stitched into our intellectual DNA, revealing itself whenever we analyze economic inequality around the world or write history from the bottom up."

David C. Fisher, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA