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Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism
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    Harry Harootunian
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Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

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  • Harry Harootunian
  • Columbia University Press
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  • 9780231174817
  • 8.6 X 5.5 X 0.8 inches
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  • Political Science > Political Ideologies - Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
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In Marx After Marx, Harry Harootunian questions the claims of Western Marxism and its presumption of the final completion of capitalism. If this shift in Marxism reflected the recognition that the expected revolutions were not forthcoming in the years before World War II, its Cold War afterlife helped to both unify the West in its struggle with the Soviet Union and bolster the belief that capitalism remained dominant in the contest over progress.

This book deprovincializes Marx and the West's cultural turn by returning to the theorist's earlier explanations of capital's origins and development, which followed a trajectory beyond Euro-America to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Marx's expansive view shows how local circumstances, time, and culture intervened to reshape capital's system of production in these regions. His outline of a diversified global capitalism was much more robust than was his sketch of the English experience in Capital and helps explain the disparate routes that evolved during the twentieth century. Engaging with the texts of Lenin, Luxemburg, Gramsci, and other pivotal theorists, Harootunian strips contemporary Marxism of its cultural preoccupation by reasserting the deep relevance of history.

Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

Author Bio

Harry Harootunian is professor emeritus of New York University and his research interests include early modern and modern Japanese history, and historical theory.

Professor Harootunian received his B.A. from Wayne State (1951), M.A. in Far Eastern Studies and Ph.D. 1958 in History from Michigan. 

His prolific publications include 

History’s Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice and the Question of the Everyday Life (Columbia UP, 2000), 

Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture and Commodity in Interwar Japan (Princeton UP, 2000), 

Japan in the World, ed. with Masao Miyoshi (Duke UP, 1993), and 

Postmodernism in Japan, with Masao Miyoshi (Duke UP, 1989).

Professor Harootunian was formerly the Max Palevsky Professor of History and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, the Dean of Humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, editor of Journal for Asian Studies, and co-editor of Critical Inquiry.

 

Source: NYU Arts & Science 

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