The Fall and Rise of the Asiatic Mode of Production (Routledge Revivals): 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Fall and Rise of the Asiatic Mode of Production (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Stephen P Dunn


144 pages

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This reissue was first published in 1982. It deals specifically with the ‘Asiatic mode of production’ described by Karl Marx in his basic evolutionary model for human society. The term defines a special form of society marked by state ownership of the means of production and extensive intervention by the state in all forms of social life. In the soviet Union, the concept has had a chequered and controversial career: leading writers, primarily Stalin, have denied its very existence, mobilizing the heavy artillery of state ideology in their defence, whilst later scholars show signs of reversing this trend.

Drawing on a large body of Soviet writing on historiography, Stephen Dunn develops a critical analysis of the issue, and introduces important corrections to the accounts hitherto available in the West. His work should be of major interest to students of Soviet politics, economists and Marxists.

Table of Contents

Part one: Decline and Fall 1. Introduction 2. Decline and fall: 1929-34 Part two: Resurgence 3. Interregnum: 1934-64 4. Prelude to the partial revival of the Asiatic mode of production: ca 1948-64 5. The revival of the Asiatic mode of production 6. Epilogue: 1975- 7. Conclusions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism