[OPE-L] Historical Materialism Book Series

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Tue Jan 04 2005 - 11:49:03 EST

Historical Materialism Book Series

More than ten years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the
disappearance of Marxism as a (supposed) state ideology, the need for
a serious and long-term Marxist book publishing programme is now
clear. Subjected to the whims of fashion, most contemporary
publishers have abandoned any of the systematic production of Marxist
theoretical work that they may have indulged in during the 1970s and
early 1980s. The HM book series addresses this great gap with
original monographs, translated texts and reprints of 'classics'. At
least three titles will be published every year. All editorial
enquiries and proposals to hm@lse.ac.uk

Editorial board:
Paul Blackledge, Leeds; Sebastian Budgen, Paris; Jim Kincaid, Leeds;
Stathis Kouvelakis, Paris; Marcel van der Linden, Amsterdam; China
Miéville, London; Paul Reynolds, Lancashire.

Between Equal Rights
A Marxist Theory of International Law
China Miéville

* December 2004
* ISBN 90 04 13134 5
* Hardback (xii, 380 pp.)
* List price EUR 69.- / US$ 93.-
* 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

'Respectful of the Marxist classics, Between Equal Rights is the most
sophisticated Left critique of international law available today as
well as one of the most significant contributions to the theory and
history of international law I have read. It raises the debate about
law's role in a globalised world order to a completely new level.'
Martti Koskenniemi, Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of
International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki.

'China Miéville's brilliantly original book is an indispensable guide
for anyone concerned with international law. It is the most
comprehensive scholarly account available of the central theoretical
debates about the foundations of international law.
... Miéville's insistence that any adequate account of the
foundations of contemporary international law must explore its inner
connection with the sociology of capitalism is both a novelty in the
field and surely the right starting point for a new, much needed
debate about this important subject.'
Peter Gowan, Professor of International Relations, London
Metropolitan University.

  'Š Between Equal Rights represents a real oasis in the desert for
those of us teaching the law of nations, international relations, or
diplomatic history. We have waited a long time for a comprehensive
and progressive critique of international law. Miéville proves the
wait was worth it.'
Anthony Chase, Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Law Center

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.

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 (1000 pp.)
* List price EUR 129.- / US$ 169.-
* 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. Š The
proletarian revolution is knocking at Germany's door; you would have
to be blind not to see it. Š Very soon, everyone will see that this
autumn of 1923 is a turningpoint, 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.

Pavel V. Maksakovsky:
The Capitalist Cycle
An Essay on the Marxist Theory of the Cycle
Translated with introduction and commentary by Richard B. Day

* In print 2004
* ISBN 90 04 13824 2
* Hardback (xlviii, 152 pp.)
* List price EUR 59.- / 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 written 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.

Table of Contents
Translator's Introduction: Maksakovsky's The Capitalist Cycle
Pavel V. Maksakovsky
The Capitalist Cycle: An Essay on the Marxist Theory of the Cycle

Foreword by A.S. Mendel'son

1. Methodological Foundations of the Theory of the Conjuncture
2. The General Theory of the Cycle
3. The Role of Credit in the Conjuncture
4. The Problem of Crises in the Works of Marx
5. In Place of a Conclusion

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.

Making History
Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory
Alex Callinicos
* In print 2004
* ISBN 90 04 13627 4
* Hardback (liv, 290 pp.)
* List price EUR 49.- / 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

The Theory of Revolution
in the Young Marx
Michael Löwy

* In print 2002
* ISBN 90 04 12901 4
* Hardback (x, 206 pp.)
* List price EUR 49.- / 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

Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE The Transition to Communism (1842-1844)
CHAPTER TWO The Theory of Communist Revolution (1844-1846)
CHAPTER THREE The Theory of the Party (1846- 1848)
CHAPTER FOUR Party, Masses and Revolution, from Marx's Time to Ours

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).

The New Dialectic and Marx's Capital
Christopher J. Arthur

* In print 2002
* ISBN 90 04 12798 4
* Hardback (viii, 264 pp.)
* List price EUR 49.- / US$ 70.-
* Historical Materialism Book Series, 1

Also available in paperback:
* ISBN 90 04 13643 6
* Paperback (viii, 264 pp.)
* List price EUR 32.- / US$ 32.-

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.

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,

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