Historical Materialism Conference

The 15th Annual Historical Materialism conference is kicks off in London today. The next four days will be packed with excellent panels on key themes of political Marxist theory! Details and timetable available can be found here.    

Hugo Raine on Marxism and the Middle Ages

‘The study of feudal society has been central to Marxist historiography. But what if a foundational theoretical mistake has governed these inquiries for decades? In this article Hugo Raine studies the writings of Jairus Banaji and Perry Anderson on the transition from feudalism to capitalism, and asks whether you can speak of feudalism as a unitary…

An Interview with Heide Gerstenberger

Historical Materialism just published an interview with one of the greatest Marxist historical sociologists today: ‘While participants in the derivation debate assumed that this political form is produced by the necessities of the reproduction of capital, my own research into the historical constitution of bourgeois states led to the hypothesis that there is no direct causal…

Next Workshop: ‘Decision Time! PM, International Historical Sociology & Foreign Policy Analysis’, with Benno Teschke, Sebastian Hoppe, and Julian Germann

The Sussex PM Group will hold its next meeting on Thursday, 15 November, 11-1pm in the Silverstone Building. This workshop is intended to problematise this lacuna at the intersection of critical IR Theory and FPA. What methodological steps are necessary to capture foreign policy formation and the efficacy of foreign policy actors in international encounters…

Haynes-Marot Debate on The October Revolution

In The October Revolution (Haymarket, 2012), John Eric Marot applied ‘Robert Brenner’s analysis of pre-capitalist modes of production to early Soviet attempts at revolutionary transformation, concluding that none of the oppositional economic programs were feasible. Resisting the view that Stalin’s rise was inevitable, Marot hypothesize[d] that alternative to Stalinism was a New Economic Policy without…

Debating How the West Came to Rule

The last issue of Historical Materialism (vol.26-3, 2018) contains a thorough engagement with Anievas and Nişancıoğlu’s How the West Came to Rule (Pluto, 2015), one of the most important contributions to the debate on the origins of capitalism in recent years. The issue includes critiques by political Marxists Charles Post, Maïa Pal, and Spencer Dimmock (as well as…

Case Studies in the Origins of Capitalism out now!

‘This edited volume builds and expands on the groundbreaking work of Robert Brenner and Ellen Meiksins Wood on the origins of capitalism. Whereas Brenner and Wood focused mostly on the emergence of capitalism in the English countryside (agrarian capitalism), this book utilizes their approach to offer original, theoretically sophisticated, and empirically informed accounts of transitions to capitalism –…

Catalyst Journal Volume 1 Number 2 out now!

Contents:   Mike Davis – Old Gods, New Enigmas: Notes on Historical Agency Dylan Riley – Bourdieu’s Class Theory: The Academic as Revolutionary Kim Moody – The New Terrain of Class Conflict in the US Sam Ashman, Zachary Levenson &Trevor Ngwane – South Africa’s ANC: The Beginning of the End? Daniel Finn – Irish Politics…

Richard Seymour – Does David Roediger disagree with Ellen Meiksins Wood?

“How does race relate to class in capitalism? Is it intrinsic and essential to the reproduction of capital, or merely an accidental feature of particular capitals? In this recent essay by Richard Seymour, and originally published on his Patreon, Seymour considers a debate within Marxism on the relationship between class, race and capitalism.”   https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3321-does-david-roediger-disagree-with-ellen-meiksins-wood