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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, v. 40.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, political theory, democracy, citizenship, liberalism, civil society, the Enlightenment, globalization, imperialism, and socialism.
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Wood, Ellen Meiksins.
Ellen Meiksins Wood reader.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012
(DLC) 2012008346
(OCoLC)780063868
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Meiksins Wood; Larry Patriquin
ISBN: 9789004230095 9004230092
OCLC Number: 816046454
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: The 'Method' of Ellen Meiksins Wood; Chapter One Capitalism; The 'economic' and the 'political'in capitalism; Class-power and state-power; Feudalism and private property; Capitalism as the privatisation of political power; The localisation of class-struggle; England vs. the dominant model of capitalism; The bourgeois paradigm; Begging the question; Opportunity or imperative?; The commercialisation-model; Marx on the transition; Towns and trade; Agrarian capitalism; Market-dependent producers; A different kind of market-dependence? Competitive marketsChapter Two Precapitalist Societies; Class and state in China and Rome; Rome and the empire of private property; The city-states of Florence and Venice; Master and slave vs. landlord and peasant; Free producers and slaves; Slavery and the 'decline' of the Roman Empire; The 'logic' of slavery vs. the logic of capitalism; The 'slave-mode of production'; Agricultural slavery and the peasant-citizen; The nexus of freedom and slavery in democratic Athens; Chapter Three The State in Historical Perspective; Class and state in ancient society. The emergence of the polis in ancient AthensThe 'essence' of the polis; Class in the democratic polis; Village and state, town and country, in democratic Athens; The rise and fall of Rome; The culture of property: Roman law; From imperial Rome to 'feudalism'; Absolutism and the modern state; The idea of the state; The peculiarities of the English state; Contrasting states: France vs. England; Chapter Four Social and Political Thought; The social history of political theory; Political theory in history: an overview; Plato; The Greek concept of freedom; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; John Locke. Revolution and tradition, c. 1640-1790Chapter Five Democracy, Citizenship, Liberalism, and Civil Society; Labour and democracy, ancient andmodern; From ancient to modern conceptions of citizenship; Capitalism and democratic citizenship; The American redefinition of democracy; A democracy devoid of social content; From democracy to liberalism; Capitalism and 'liberal democracy'; Liberal democracy and capitalist hegemony; The idea of 'civil society'; The civil-society argument; 'Civil society' and the devaluation of democracy. Chapter Six The Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and the Post-'New Left'Modernity vs. capitalism: France vs. England; From modernity to postmodernity; Modernity and the non-history of capitalism; Themes of the postmodern Left; Enlightenment vs. capitalism: Condorcet vs. Locke; Enlightenment-universalism; The periodisation of the Western Left; Left intellectuals and contemporary capitalism; Chapter Seven Globalisation and Imperialism; Globalisation and the nation-state; Nation-states, classes, and universal capitalism; The indispensable state; Precapitalist imperialism.
Series Title: Historical materialism book series, v. 40.
Responsibility: edited by Larry Patriquin.

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