This volume consists of lectures and articles by Maurice Dobb selected from among those delivered or written by him during the 1950s and 60s. It includes three lectures delivered at the University of Bologna on ‘Some Problems in the History of Capitalism’, two lectures on economic development given at the Delhi School of Economics, articles on the theory of development, and a number of articles on various questions of soviet economic planning contributed to specialist journals. The collection ends with a note in retrospect on Marx’s Das Kapital published in recognition of the centenary of the appearance of Volume One of that work in 1867.
‘Never dull, he raises problems of fundamental importance in a though-provoking and undogmatic way.’ New Society.
Part 1. Some problems in the history of capitalism. 1. Transition from feudalism to capitalism. 2. Prelude to the Industrial Revolution. 3. Some features of capitalism since the First World War. Part 2. Some aspects of economic development. 1. Economic development and its momentum under capitalism. 2. Some problems of industrialisation in agricultural countries. Part 3. Some reflections on the theory of investment planning and economic growth. Part 4. The question of ‘Investment-priority for heavy industry' Part 5. Planning and Soviet economy: eight articles. 1. The discussions of the ‘twenties on planning and economic growth. 2. The revival of theoretical discussion among Soviet economists. 3. A Comment on the discussion about price-policy. 4. Soviet price-policy: a review. 5. Some further comments on the discussion about socialist price-policy. Part 6. Soviet transport: a review. 7. Notes on recent economic discussion. 8. Kantorovitch on optimal planning and prices. 6. Introduction to an Italian edition of Capital. Index.
Maurice Dobb was the foremost Marxian economist of his generation in Britain. He was noted for his contributions to value theory, the theory of economic planning and the analysis of Soviet economic development. This set will re-issue 7 of his most important works.