Marxism and History: A Critical Introduction

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Manchester University Press, 1998 - History - 314 pages
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Marx's theory of history is often regarded as the most enduring and fruitful aspect of his intellectual legacy. His "historical materialism" has been the inspiration for some of the best historical writing in the works of scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm, E.P.Thompson, Rodney Hilton and Robert Brenner. S.H. Rigby establishes Marx's claims about social structure and historical change, discusses their use in his own and his followers' writings, and assesses the validity of his theories. He argues that Marx's social theories were profoundly contradictory and that Marxism has proved most useful when it is seen as a source of questions, concepts and hypotheses rather than as a philosophy of historical development.
 

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see references to plekhanov and his critique of helvetius, etc.

Contents

Introduction
1
Marxs ambiguous legacy
7
Productive force determinism and functional
84
a critique
92
an alternative
143
definition and determination
177
variant forms of the base
208
The political superstructure
251
Theidealistic superstructure
275
Marxism politics and history
299
Index of names and subjects
311
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S.H. Rigby is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Manchester.

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