A Marxist History of Capitalism

Heller, Henry
Publisher:  Routledge
Year Published:  2018  
Pages:  148pp   ISBN:  9781138495876
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX23146

A short history of capitalism by a history professor at University of Manitoba


Publisher's description:

Henry Heller's short account of the history of capitalism combines Marx's economic and political thought with contemporary scholarship to shed light on the current capitalist crisis. It argues that capitalism is an evolving mode of production that has now outgrown its institutional and political limits.

The book provides an overview of the different historical stages of capitalism, underpinned by accessible discussions of its theoretical foundations. Heller shows that capitalism has always been a double-edged sword, on one hand advancing humanity, and on the other harming traditional societies and our natural environment. He makes the case that capitalism has now become self-destructive, and that our current era of neoliberalism may trigger a transition to a democratic and ecologically aware form of socialism.

Table of Contents:

1. Merchant capitalism
2. The political economy of capitalist transition
3. Ascendant capitalism (1789–1980)
4. Neoliberalism (1980–2017)
5. Towards socialism

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