1st Edition

The Development Trajectory of Eastern Societies and the Theories and Practices of Socialism

ISBN 9780367478476
Published July 3, 2020 by Routledge
508 Pages

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Book Description

In the four volumes of The Development Trajectory of Eastern societies and the Theories and Practices of Socialism, the author re-examines Marx and Engels’ theories on the development trajectory of Eastern societies by integrating theoretical analysis of Marxist theories and an historical investigation of socialist revolution and socialist construction around the world.

The collection challenges some predominant interpretations of Marx and Engels' historical materialism by focusing on that materialism, explaining the general laws of historical development and its particular trajectory in Eastern societies; discussing the attempts of the Russian Commune to avoid the torments of the capitalist system and tracing the victories and failures of the 100-year trajectory of socialism. The significance of Marx and Engels' socialist theories for contemporary social development in the Eastern societies is henceforth laid bare.

The book will be a key reference for readers studying Marxism, Marxist philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: The Development Trajectory of Eastern Societies 1. Social Forms and Their Classification 2. Purposiveness of Human Activities and Regularity of Social Development 3. Historical Determinism, Subject Choice, and Their relations 4. Historical Progress and Its Measure 5. The Integrity of Marxism Volume 2: Historical Evolution of the Eastern Mode of Production 1. Debating the "Asiatic Mode of Production"—History and Research Methods 2. Evolution of the Concept of the "Asiatic Mode of Production" 3. A Comparison of Eastern and Western Ancient Societies Volume 3: Skipping the Caudine Forks of Capitalism 1. The Nature and Prospect of Russian Communes 2. Comparison of the Early and the Late Marxian Thoughts 3. Difference and Consistency between Engels’ and Marx’s Thoughts 4. The Victories of the Russian October Revolution and of the Chinese Revolution Do Not Confirm the "Skipping" Theory 5. The Greatest Strength of the General Historical Philosophy Is That It Is Supra-historical 6. The Theoretical Contributions of Marx’s "Notes on Ancient Social History" Volume 4: Theories and Practices of Scientific Socialism 1. The Evolution of Nomenclature for the Future Society in Marx's and Engels’ Works 2. An Overview of the Role of Capital 3. Reflecting on the Destiny of Socialism from a New Perspective 4. Marx and Engels’ Visions on the Basic Characteristics of the Future Society 5. The Controversy about "Whether One Country Can Accomplish Socialism" 6. Deng Xiaoping’s Theory of the Primary Stage of Socialism 7. Deng Xiaoping’s Contributions to the Theory of the Essence of Socialism 8. Deng Xiaoping’s Contribution to the Historical Era Theory

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Zhao Jiaxiang, is Professor of Philosophy at Peking University, serving as vice dean and director of academic committee of Department of Philosophy as well as vice president and consultant of Chinese Historical Materialism Association. His main research interests include Marxist philosophy and Marxist classic works.