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The Ellen Meiksins Wood reader

Author: Ellen Meiksins Wood; Larry Patriquin
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012.
Series: Historical materialism book series, 40.
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This Reader includes selections from Ellen Meiksins Wood's groundbreaking scholarship, providing an overview of her original interpretations of capitalism, precapitalist societies, the state,  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Meiksins Wood; Larry Patriquin
ISBN: 9789004230088 9004230084 9789004230095 9004230092
OCLC Number: 780063868
Description: x, 335 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: The `Method' of Ellen Meiksins Wood1. CapitalismThe `economic' and the `political' in capitalismClass-power and state-powerFeudalism and private propertyCapitalism as the privatisation of political powerThe localisation of class-struggleEngland vs. the dominant model of capitalismThe bourgeois paradigmBegging the questionOpportunity or imperative?The commercialisation-model Marx on the transitionTowns and tradeAgrarian capitalismMarket-dependent producersA different kind of market-dependence?Competitive markets2. Precapitalist SocietiesClass and state in China and Rome Rome and the empire of private propertyThe city-states of Florence and VeniceMaster and slave vs. landlord and peasantFree producers and slavesSlavery and the `decline' of the Roman EmpireThe `logic' of slavery vs. the logic of capitalismThe `slave-mode of production'Agricultural slavery and the peasant-citizenThe nexus of freedom and slavery in democratic Athens3. The State in Historical PerspectiveClass and state in ancient societyThe emergence of the polis in ancient AthensThe `essence' of the polisClass in the democratic polisVillage and state, town and country, in democratic AthensThe rise and fall of RomeThe culture of property: the Roman lawFrom imperial Rome to `feudalism'Absolutism and the modern stateThe idea of the stateThe peculiarities of the English state Contrasting states: France vs. England4. Social and Political ThoughtThe social history of political theoryPolitical theory in history: an overviewPlatoThe Greek concept of freedomJean-Jacques RousseauJohn LockeRevolution and tradition, c. 1640-17905. Democracy, Citizenship, Liberalism, and Civil SocietyLabour and democracy, ancient and modernFrom ancient to modern conceptions of citizenshipCapitalism and democratic citizenshipThe American redefinition of democracyA democracy devoid of social contentFrom democracy to liberalism Capitalism and `liberal democracy'Liberal democracy and capitalist hegemonyThe idea of `civil society'The civil-society argument`Civil society' and the devaluation of democracy6. The Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and the Post-`New Left'Modernity vs. capitalism: France vs. EnglandFrom modernity to postmodernityModernity and the non-history of capitalismThemes of the postmodern leftEnlightenment vs. capitalism: Condorcet vs. LockeEnlightenment-universalismThe periodisation of the Western left Left-intellectuals and contemporary capitalism7. Globalisation and ImperialismGlobalisation and the nation-stateNation-states, classes, and universal capitalismThe indispensable statePrecapitalist imperialismThe classic age of imperialismGlobalisation and warGlobalisation and imperial hegemonyThe contradictions of capitalist imperialism8. SocialismThe end of the welfare-state `compact'There are no social democrats nowMarket-dependence vs. market-enablementLeft-strategies of market-enablementThe political implications of competitionThe working class and the struggle for socialismClass-conflict and the socialist projectSocialism and democracyThe state in classless societiesLiberalism vs. democracy`Universal human goods'The self-emancipation of the working class The socialist movementDemocracy as an economic mechanismBibliography of Works by Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1970-2012ReferencesIndex
Series Title: Historical materialism book series, 40.
Responsibility: edited by Larry Patriquin.


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