Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production & Exploitation. Jairus Banaji; Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 25, Leiden, Brill, xix plus The essays demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of bringing history back into historical materialism. Jairus Banaji. BRILL, Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation. Book ยท January Jairus Banaji at University of London Content uploaded by Jairus Banaji.

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That said, this does complicate the development of capitalism quite clearly. The essays demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of bringing history back into historical materialism. The core subject of this book is the Marxist concept of the mode of production, and the difficult and important question of how to delineate different historical modes of production and what empirical evidence can be marshalled to form criteria to settle such a question.

Showing of 2 reviews. Bill Crane rated it it was amazing Jun 19, The essays collected here straddle four decades of ae in both historiography and Marxist theory, combining source-based historical work in a wide range of languages with sophisticated discussion of Marx’s categories. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This is done partly by making fictitious capital a central category of analysis.

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This is not to dismiss Banaji. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The twelve essays in this book demonstrate the importance of bringing history back into historical materialism. Librarian administrators click here.


There were whole centuries in the western parts of the former Roman empire when the rural labour force comprised workers who cannot be characterised either as slaves or as serfs but who were subject to new forms of domination that retained considerable coercion. And indeed, what about the Soviet Union and China, what kind of societies were they?

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And here one has to agree. Mar 24, Anthony James rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have also long considered the possibility of conceptualizing a separate mode of production to describe the societies dominated by mercantile capital only, roughly from s in northern Italy etc to or so; perhaps a ‘mercantilist mode of production’ or somesuch.

Emanuel Santos rated it it was amazing Nov 06, The Debate on Social Evolution. John Haldon – – Historical Materialism 21 4: Neeladri Bhattacharya – – Historical Materialism 21 4: Capitalism is characterised by the drive to accumulate capital regardless of the specific form in which labour is dominated and surplus-labour extracted.

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 32 3: More importantly, however, this also shows some of the lacunae of Banaji’s work in this book. And how can a real solidarity be constructed when the mass of wage-earners are so deeply fragmented and divided?

Marx inevitably identified capitalism with the modern capitalism that was rapidly developing in his day. Interestingly, while there is no “pure” agrarian capitalism according to Banaji, he does prove that there was significant wage labor in both pre-modern and third world agriculture earlier than most Marxists conceive.


Furthermore, Banaji seems to reject teleologies as such. Sign in to annotate. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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Daniel Little – – Topoi 5 2: The continuity is simply that of Marxist theory itself. View jiarus 4 comments. Analytical Marxism and Ecology: The strongest chapters are the ones dealing with conceptions of “free” and “unfree” labor in the modern political economy as well as ones critiquing a lack of historiography in Marxist circles around antiquity and around non-European developmental modes. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There are not enough stars.

Explore the Theogy Gift Guide. If credit is the basis of modern capitalist economies, then the financial markets are central to accumulation and we have to be able to understand how they work.