Date: Fri Sep 15 2006 - 08:47:02 EDT
Some of these titles aren't so new and have been called to your attention previously on OPE-L in the past, but I'am passing on the following info from Sebastian Budgen <firstname.lastname@example.org> anyway. Note, btw, that Chris's book is now (?) available in pb. In solidarity, Jerry ALL AVAILABLE FROM: <http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=18&pid=10613 The New Dialectic and Marx's Capital Christopher J. Arthur . September 2002 . ISBN 90 04 12798 4 . Hardback (viii, 264 pp.) . List price EUR 52.- / US$ 70.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 1 This book both argues for, and demonstrates, a new turn to dialectic. Marx's Capital was clearly influenced by Hegel's dialectical figures: here, case by case, the significance of these is clarified. More, it is argued that, instead of the dialectic of the rise and fall of social systems, what is needed is a method of articulating the dialectical relations characterising a given social whole. Marx learnt from Hegel the necessity for a systematic development, and integration, of categories; for example, the category of 'value' can be fully comprehended only in the context of the totality of capitalist relations. These studies thus shed new light on Marx's great work, while going beyond it in many respects. This publication has also been published in paperback. Christopher J. Arthur studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford. For 25 years he taught Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He is a leading Marx scholar whose publications include Dialectics of Labour: Marx and his Relation to Hegel (Blackwell, 1986). The New Dialectic and Marx's Capital Christopher J. Arthur . December 2003 . ISBN 90 04 13643 6 . Paperback (viii, 264 pp.) . List price EUR 29.- / US$ 29.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 1 This publication has also been published in hardback. Christopher J. Arthur studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford. For 25 years he taught Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He is a leading Marx scholar whose publications include Dialectics of Labour: Marx and his Relation to Hegel (Blackwell, 1986). The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx Michael Löwy . December 2002 . ISBN 90 04 12901 4 . Hardback (x, 206 pp.) . List price EUR 52.- / US$ 70.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 2 This book proposes a Marxist analysis of young Marx's intellectual evolution, from left neo-Hegelianism to his new philosophy of praxis. It distinguishes itself from most other books on the early Marx by its object - the theory of (proletarian) revolutionary self-emancipation - and its method: to understand the movement of Marx's political and philosophical ideas in relation to the most radical currents in the labour movement of his time (beginning with Chartism and the uprising of the Silesian weavers in 1844). The central theoretical argument of the author is that Marx's philosophy of praxis - first formulated in the Thesis on Feuerbach - is at the same time the founding stone of a new world view, and the methodological basis for the theory of revolutionary self-emancipation. Michael Löwy, Ph.D. (1974) in Human Sciences, Sorbonne, is Research Director in Sociology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. He has published on Marx, Lukács and Walter Benjamin, as well as (with Robert Sayre) Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity (Duke, 2001). Making History Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory Alex Callinicos . July 2004 . ISBN 90 04 13627 4 . Hardback (liv, 290 pp.) . List price EUR 52.- / US$ 70.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 3 Making History is about the question - central to social theory - of how human agents draw their powers from the social structures they are involved in. Drawing on classical Marxism, analytical philosophy, and a wide range of historical writing, Alex Callinicos seeks to avoid two unacceptable extremes: dissolving the subject into an impersonal flux, as poststructuralists tend to; and treating social structures as the mere effects of individual action (for example, rational-choice theory). Among those discussed are Althusser, Anderson, Benjamin, Brenner, Cohen, Elster, Foucault, Giddens, Habermas, and Mann. Callinicos has written an extended introduction to this new edition that reviews developments since Making History was first published in 1987. This republication gives a new generation of readers access to an important intervention in Marxism and social theory. Alex Callinicos, D.Phil. (1979) in Philosophy, University of Oxford, is Professor of Politics at the University of York (UK). He has written widely about Marxism and social theory. His most recent books are Social Theory (1999), Equality (2000), Against the Third Way (2001) and An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto (2003), all published by Polity. Pavel V. Maksakovsky: The Capitalist Cycle An Essay on the Marxist Theory of the Cycle Translated with introduction and commentary by Richard B. Day . March 2004 . ISBN 90 04 13824 2 . Hardback (xlviii, 152 pp.) . List price EUR 63.- / US$ 84.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 4 The Capitalist Cycle is a translation of a previously unknown work in Marxist economic theory. Originally published in 1928, this rediscovered work is one of the most creative essays witten by a Soviet economist during the first two decades after the Russian Revolution. Following the dialectic of Hegel and Marx, Maksakovsky aims to provide a 'concluding chapter' for Marx's Capital. The book examines economic methodology and logically reconstructs Marx's analysis into a comprehensive and dynamic theory of cyclical economic crises. The introductory essay by Richard B. Day situates Maksakovsky's work within the Hegelian and Marxist philosophical traditions by emphasizing the book's dialectical logic as well as its contribution to economic science. Richard B. Day, Ph.D. (1970), University of London, is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on early Soviet debates and translated several books, including works by N.I. Bukharin and E.A. Preobrazhensky. The German Revolution, 1917-1923 Pierre Broué, Translated by John Archer. Edited by Ian Birchall and Brian Pearce. With an Introduction by Eric D. Weitz . November 2004 . ISBN 90 04 13940 0 . Hardback (xxviii, 996 pp.) . List price EUR 137.- / US$ 178.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 5 On 12 October 1923, Grigory Zinoviev, president of the Communist International wrote the following in Pravda: The German events are developing with the inexorability of fate. The path which it took the Russian Revolution twelve years to cover, from 1906 to 1917, will have taken the German Revolution five years, from 1918 to 1923. . The proletarian revolution is knocking at Germany's door; you would have to be blind not to see it. . Very soon, everyone will see that this autumn of 1923 is a turning-point, not just for the history of Germany, but for the history of the whole world. In fact, far from being on the point of triumphing, the German Revolution was on the verge of an irredeemable disaster which would soon inflict terrible consequences on Germany and the world. In this magisterial work, first published 1971 and still unsurpassed, Pierre Broué meticulously reconstitutes the six decisive years during which - between 'ultra-leftism' and 'opportunism', 'sectarianism' and 'revisionism', 'activism' and 'passivity' - the German revolutionaries attempted to begin a new chapter in the history of the proletariat. Pierre Broué (born 1926) was for many years Professor of Contemporary History at the Institut d'études politiques in Grenoble. A world renowned specialist of the communist and international workers' movements, he is the founder of the Cahiers Léon Trotsky, editor of Leon Trotsky's writings in French and the author of many publications, including La Révolution et la guerre en Espagne (with Etienne Témime, 1961), Le Parti bolchévique. Histoire du Parti communiste de l'URSS (1963), Les Procès de Moscou (1965), La Question chinoise dans l'Internationale communiste (1965), Le Printemps des peuples commence à Prague (1969), La Révolution espagnole (1972), L'Assassinat de Trotsky (1980), Trotsky (1988), Staline et la Révolution. Le cas espagnol (1993), Rakovsky ou la Révolution dans tous les pays (1996), Histoire de l'Internationale communiste, 1919-1943 (1997) and Communistes contre Staline. Massacre d'une generation (2003). Between Equal Rights A Marxist Theory of International Law China Miéville . November 2004 . ISBN 90 04 13134 5 . Hardback (xii, 380 pp.) . List price EUR 73.- / US$ 95.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 6 This book critically examines existing theories of international law and makes the case for an alternative Marxist approach. China Miéville draws on the pioneering jurisprudence of Evgeny Pashukanis linking law to commodity exchange, and in turn uses international law to make better sense of Pashukanis. Miéville argues that despite its advances, the recent 'New Stream' of radical international legal scholarship, like the mainstream it opposes, fails to make sense of the legal form itself. Drawing on Marxist theory and a critical history of international law from the sixteenth century to the present day, Miéville seeks to address that failure, and argues that international law is fundamentally constituted by the violence of imperialism. China Miéville, Ph.D. (2001) in International Relations, London School of Economics, is an independent researcher and an award-winning novelist. He is a member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism. Utopia Ltd. Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England 1870-1900 Matthew Beaumont . February 2005 . ISBN 90 04 14296 7 . Hardback (xii, 216 pp.) . List price EUR 58.- / US$ 76.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 7 [beeld 22618] This book uncovers the historical preconditions for the explosive revival of utopian literature at the nineteenth-century fin de siècle, and excavates its ideological content. It marks a contribution not only to the literary and cultural history of the late-Victorian period, and to the expanding field of utopian studies, but to the development of a Marxist critique of utopianism. The book is particularly concerned with three kinds of political utopia or anti-utopia, those of 'state socialism', feminism, and anti-communism (the characteristic expression of this last example being the cacotopia). After an extensive contextual account of the politics of utopia in late-nineteenth century England, it devotes a chapter to each of these topics before developing an original reinterpretation of William Morris's seminal Marxist utopia, News from Nowhere. Matthew Beaumont, D. Phil. (2000) in English Literature at the University of Oxford, has been a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, for the last three years. He has published a number of articles on nineteenth-century literature. The Clash of Globalisations Neo-Liberalism, the Third Way and Anti-globalisation Ray Kiely . March 2005 . ISBN 90 04 14318 1 . Hardback (xii, 324 pp.) . List price EUR 63.- / US$ 84.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 8 This work addresses the politics of globalisation through an examination of neo-liberalism, the third way, and anti-capitalist responses and alternatives. It utilises a Marxist approach, not only to challenge the claims made by apologists for 'actually existing globalisation', but to explain, contextualise and problematise the rise of anti-globalisation politics. Central to the work is a critique of globalisation theory, neo-liberalism and the third way; an examination of the role of the state as an agent of globalisation, particularly the hegemonic US state; a theorisation of the nature of uneven development in the global order; and an examination of the political implications of these issues for progressive alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation. Ray Kiely, Ph.D. (1991) in Sociology, University of Warwick, is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London. He has published widely in the fields of globalisation and development, including Sociology and Development (UCL Press, 1995) and The Ends of Globalisation: US Hegemony and the Globalist Project (forthcoming, 2005). Lenin Rediscovered What Is to Be Done? in Context Lars T. Lih . December 2005 . ISBN 90 04 13120 5 . Hardback (xx, 868 pp.) . List price EUR 129.- / US$ 174.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 9 Lenin's What is to Be Done? (1902) has long been seen as the founding document of a 'party of a new type'. For some, it provided a model of 'vanguard party' that was the essence of Bolshevism, for others it manifested Lenin's élitist and manipulatory attitude towards the workers. This substantial new commentary, based on contemporary Russian- and German-language sources, provides hitherto unavailable contextual information that undermines these views and shows how Lenin's argument rests squarely on an optimistic confidence in the workers' revolutionary inclinations and on his admiration of German Social Democracy in particular. Lenin's outlook cannot be understood, Lih claims here, outside the context of international Social Democracy, the disputes within Russian Social Democracy and the institutions of the revolutionary underground. The new translation focuses attention on hard-to-translate key terms. This study raises new and unsettling questions about the legacy of Marx, Bolshevism as a historical force, and the course of Soviet history, but, most of all, it will revolutionise the conventional interpretations of Lenin. About Bread and Authority (1990) (by Lars T. Lih) 'If we could put the desperately ill Russia of today on the psyciatrist's couch, we would inevitably have to spend a great many sessions on its earliest childhood. This is what Lars T. Lih has done in the remarkably insightful study ... A fine work.' from a one-paragraph anonymous notice in Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 1991. '...a rich and thoroughly researched account of food supply policies in the tumultuous years between the fall of the tsarist regime and Lenin's NEP. By using the success of failure of food supply policies as a barometer of political authority in the face of potential social breakdown, the book also gives us food for thought in understanding the problems of contemporary Russia.' Marcia Weigle, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 1992, vol. 19 Nos. 1-3. 'The jacket of this thoughtful study by Lars T. Lih reproduces a Russian poster showing the 'bony finger of Hunger' pointing to starving masses. [NB: I found this poster in a Russian souvenir shop.] ... Lih's discerning and sympathetic analysis enlarges our view of both past and present.' Dorothy Atkinson, American Hist. Review, Dec. 1991. Lars T. Lih, Ph.D. (1984) Princeton, is the editor of Stalin's Letters to Molotov, the author of Bread and Authority in Russia, 1914-1921, the chapter on ideology in the forthcoming Cambridge History of Russia and numerous articles on the Bolsheviks. Globalisation A Systematic Marxian Account Tony Smith . December 2005 . ISBN 90 04 14727 6 . Hardback (viii, 360 pp.) . List price EUR 89.- / US$ 120.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 10 Part One of this book examines the social-state, neoliberal, catalytic-state, and democratic-cosmopolitan models of globalisation. Each necessarily tends to function in a manner contradicting essential claims made by its leading advocates. This "immanent contradiction" provides a theoretical warrant for moving to a new position, addressing the shortcomings of the previous framework. The first three chapters of Part Two are devoted to a Marxian model of capitalist globalisation, in which the irresolvable contradictions and social antagonisms of the capitalist global order are explicitly recognised. The final chapter is devoted to a Marxian model of socialist globalisation, in which those contradictions and antagonisms are overcome, bringing the systematic dialectic of globalisation to a close. Tony Smith, Ph.D. (1980) in Philosophy, Stony Brook State University of New York, is currently Professor of Philosophy of Iowa State University. He has published extensively in the field of Marxian social theory, including The Logic of Marx's 'Capital' and Technology and Capital in the Age of Lean Production (SUNY Press 1990, 2000). Marxism and Ecological Economics Toward a Red and Green Political Economy Paul Burkett . March 2006 . ISBN 90 04 14810 8 . Hardback (x, 358 pp.) . List price EUR 69.- / US$ 89.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 11 This book undertakes the first general assessment of ecological economics from a Marxist point of view, and shows how Marxist political economy can make a substantial contribution to ecological economics. The analysis is developed in terms of four basic issues: (1) nature and economic value; (2) the treatment of nature as capital; (3) the significance of the entropy law for economic systems; (4) the concept of sustainable development. In each case, it is shown that Marxism can help ecological economics fulfill its commitments to multi-disciplinarity, methodological pluralism, and historical openness. In this way, a foundation is constructed for a substantive dialogue between Marxists and ecological economists. Paul Burkett, Ph.D. (1984) in Economics, Syracuse University, is Professor of Economics at Indiana State University, Terre Haute. His publications on Marxism and ecology include Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective (St. Martin's Press, 1999) and many articles in scholarly journals. A Marxist Philosophy of Language Jean-Jacques Lecercle. Translated by Gregory Elliott . August 2006 . ISBN 90 04 14751 9 . Hardback (210 pp.) . List price EUR 109.- / US$ 147.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 12 The purpose of this book is to give a precise meaning to the formula: English is the language of imperialism. Understanding that statement involves a critique of the dominant views of language, both in the field of linguistics (the book has a chapter criticising Chomsky's research programme) and of the philosophy of language (the book has a chapter assessing Habermas's philosophy of communicative action). The book aims at constructing a Marxist philosophy of language, embodying a view of language as a social, historical, material and political phenomenon. Since there has never been a strong tradition of thinking about language in Marxism, the book provides an overview of the question of Marxism in language (from Stalin's pamphlet to Voloshinov's book, taking in an essay by Pasolini), and it seeks to construct a number of concepts for a Marxist philosophy of language. The book belongs to the tradition of Marxist critique of dominant ideologies. It should be particularly useful to those who, in the fields of language study, literature and communication studies, have decided that language is not merely an instrument of communication. Jean-Jacques Lecercle was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. From 1999 to 2002 he was Research Professor in the English department at the University of Cardiff, and he is currently Professor of English at the University of Nanterre. He is the author of Interpretation as Pragmatics (Macmillan 1999), Deleuze and Language (Palgrave 2002) and The Force of Language (with Denise Riley, Macmillan 2004). Althusser The Detour of Theory Gregory Elliott . August 2006 . ISBN 90 04 15337 3 . Hardback (xxiv + 425 pp.) . List price EUR 89.- / US$ 116.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 13 [beeld 24041] First published in 1987, Althusser, The Detour of Theory was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto untranslated material, it examined the political and intellectual contexts of Althusser's 'return to Marx' in the mid-1960s; analysed the novel character of the Marxism developed in his major works; charted their author's subsequent evolution, from his self-criticism to the proclamation of a 'crisis of Marxism'; and concluded with a balance-sheet of Althusser's contribution to historical materialism. For this second edition, Gregory Elliott has added a substantial postscript in which he surveys the posthumous edition of the French philosopher's work published in the 1990s, from the early writings of the 1940s through to the late texts of the 1980s, relating the unknown Althusser revealed by them to the familiar figure of For Marx and Reading Capital, together with a comprehensive bibliography of Althusser's oeuvre. Gregory Elliott was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he completed his D.Phil. on Louis Althusser in 1985. An independent translator and writer, his books include Perry Anderson: The Merciless Laboratory of History (1998). His most recent translation is Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello's The New Spirit of Capitalism(2006). Exploring Marx's Capital: Philosophical, Economic and Political Dimensions Philosophical, Economic and Political Dimensions Jacques Bidet. Translated by David Fernbach. Preface to the English Edition by Alex Callinicos . January 2007 . ISBN 90 04 14937 6 . Hardback (400) . List price EUR 129.- / US$ 168.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 14 This book, originally published in French under the title Que faire du Capital?, offers a new interpretation of Marx's great work. It shows how the novelty and lasting interest of Marx's theory arises from the fact that, as against the project of a 'pure' economics, it is formulated in concepts that have simultaneously an economic and a political aspect, neither of these being separable from the other. Jacques Bidet conducts an unprecedented investigation of Marx's work in the spirit of the history of science, exploring it as a process of theoretical development. Traditional exegesis reads the successive drafts of Capital as if they were complementary and mutually illuminated one another. In actual fact, like any scientist, Marx only wrote a new version in order to correct the previous one. He started from ideas borrowed from Ricardo and Hegel, and between one draft and the next it is possible to see these being eliminated and restructured. This labour, moreover, was never fully completed. The author thus re-assesses Marx's entire system in its set of constitutive categories: value, market, labour-power, classes, working class, exploitation, production, fetishism, ideology. He seeks to pin down the difficulties that these encountered, and the analytical and critical value they still have today. Bidet attaches the greatest importance to Marx's order of exposition, which assigns each concept its place in the overall system, and makes the validity of the construction depend on the pertinence of its initial presuppositions. This is particularly the case with the relationship between market mechanism and capitalism - and thus also between the market and socialism. Jacques Bidet is Professor at the University of Paris-X, holding the chair of Political Philosophy and Theories of Society. His other publications include Théorie de la modernité (1990), John Rawls et la théorie de la justice (1995), Théorie générale, Théorie du droit, de l'économie et de la politique (1999) and (with Jean-Marc Lachaud) Habermas: Une politique délibérative (1998). Impersonal Power. History and Theory of the Bourgeois State History and Theory of the Bourgeois State Heide Gerstenberger. Translated by David Fernbach . March 2007 . ISBN 90 04 13027 6 . Hardback (904) . List price EUR 154.- / US$ 199.- . Historical Materialism Book Series, 15 The point of departure of Heide Gerstenberger's path-breaking work is a critique of structural-functionalist theory of the state, in both its modernisation theory and materialist variants. Prof. Gerstenberger opposes to these a historical-theoretical explanation that proceeds from the long-term structuring effect of concrete social practice. This is elucidated by detailed investigation of the development of bourgeois state power in the two key examples of England and France. The different complexions that the bourgeois state assumed are presented as the results of processes of social and cultural formation, and thus irreducible to a simple function of capitalism. This approach culminates in the thesis that the bourgeois form of capitalist state power arose only where capitalist societies developed out of already rationalised structures of the Ancien Régime type. Prof. Heide Gerstenberger has held since 1974 the chair of 'Theory of the Bourgeois State and Society' at the University of Bremen. Her publications include Der revolutionäre Konservatismus and Zur politischen Ökonomie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft. Die historischen Bedingungen ihrer Konstitution in den USA.
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