[OPE-L] 'The Beginning of History' New from Pluto Press

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Wed Jan 24 2007 - 11:34:33 EST

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Nice to be back. Thanks much to AC.

   The Beginning of History
Value Struggles and Global Capital

Massimo de Angelis

9780745320359 / 22.50 / 5th March 2007

'The Beginning of History brings creativity to 
the center of anti-capitalist thought and through 
it provides new meanings to the concepts of 
anarchism, socialism and communism.'

Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch

'[This] is a kind of intellectual revolution in 
itself, both rigorous and exciting.'

David Graeber, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

'[This is] a breakthrough book in anti-capitalist theory.'

George Caffentzis, Professor, Department of 
 Philosophy, University of Southern Maine
Francis Fukuyama may declare the 'end of 
history', and neoliberal capital embraces this 
However, the diverse struggles for commons and 
dignity around the planet reveal a different
reality: that of the beginning of history. The 
clash between these two perspectives is the 
matter of this book.

This book analyzes the frontline of this 
struggle. On one side, a social force called 
capital pursues endless growth and monetary 
value. On the other side, other social forces 
strive to rearrange the web of life on their own 
terms. This book engages with alternative modes 
of co-production recently posed by the 
alter-globalisation movement, and it examines 
what these movements are up against.

This passionate account explores groundbreaking 
new critical political economic theory and its 
role in bringing about radical social change. 
This book is a must for all political activists 
and students of political theory.

Massimo De Angelis is Reader in Political Economy 
at the University of East London. He is the 
author of Keynesianism, Social Conflict and 
Political Economy (2000). He is editor of the web 
journal The Commoner (www.thecommoner.org).
Helen Griffiths
Pluto Books Ltd.
345 Archway Road
London, N6 5AA
Tel: 020 8374 6424 Fax: 020 8348 9133
Company No  2139565

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