Marx After Marx

History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

Harry Harootunian

Columbia University Press

Marx After Marx

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ISBN: 9780231174817

312 Pages

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Marx After Marx

History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

Harry Harootunian

Columbia University Press

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.
Harry Harootunian is singularly qualified to give us a Marxism adequate to the conditions of a genuine 'world' (as against a Hegelian 'universalist') history in a global age. The Marx who emerges from this book is a nuanced, empirical, and genuinely historical thinker instead of the pseudo-scientific 'philosopher of history' met with in textbook accounts of Western Marxism. Hayden White, University of California, Santa Cruz
This is a landmark study within Marxist thought. Drawing largely on Marx's later works for its conceptual tools and theoretical method, Marx After Marx analyzes how different regions under differing circumstances cast a plurality of developmental forms all under the general code of capitalist accumulation. Michael Dutton, author of Policing Chinese Politics: A History
Harootunian’s reading of Marx, in particular, is a revelation and should put to rest the facile assumption that Marx’s conception of the historical is reducible to the banalities of modernization theory. Marx After Marx is a provocative and important intervention in a critical conjuncture by a major scholar. William Haver, translator of Nishida Kitarō's Ontology of Production: Three Essays
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Deprovincializing Marx
1. Marx, Time, History
2. Marxism's Eastward Migration
3. Opening to the Global South
4. Theorizing Late Development and the "Persistence of Feudal Remnants": Wang Yanan, Yamada Moritarō, and Uno Kōzō
5. Colonial/Postcolonial
Afterword: World History and the Everyday
Notes
Index

Read the introduction, "Deprovincializing Mark":

About the Author

Harry Harootunian is Max Palevsky Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago, professor emeritus of East Asia studies at New York University, and adjunct senior research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. He is also the author of History’s Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life (Columbia, 2000) and Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan (2000).