Global Marx

History and Critique of the Social Movement in the World Market


Global Marx is a collective research on Marx's account of capital's domination through his critique of disciplinary languages, investigation of political structures and analysis of specific political spaces within the world market. His discourse appears here as global not only because global is the geography of the world market but also because Marx redefined the relationships between the spaces on which capital exerts its command. Global Marx proves that Marx's texts do not identify any global working class, nor a centre of power to be conquered, but show that, within and against the world market, there is a social movement that is irreducible to any identity or to a single space from whose perspective one can write a universal history of class struggle.

Contributors are: Luca Basso, Michele Basso, Matteo Battistini, Eleonora Cappuccilli, Michele Cento, Luca Cobbe, Isabella Consolati, Niccolò Cuppini, Roberta Ferrari, Michele Filippini, Giorgio Grappi, Maurizio Merlo, Mario Piccinini, Fabio Raimondi, Maurizio Ricciardi, Paola Rudan, and Federico Tomasello

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Matteo Battistini, Ph.D. (2008), University of Bologna, is Associate Professor of U.S. History at that university. He has published monographs and articles on American political and intellectual history, including Middle Class: An Intellectual History through Social Sciences. An American Fetish from its Origins to Globalization (Brill, 2022).

Eleonora Cappuccilli, Ph.D. (2016), is Core Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. She has published articles and monographs on women's political and religious thought in Renaissance and early modern Europe and feminist political theory.

Maurizio Ricciardi, Ph.D. (1996), is Associate Professor of History of Political Thought at the University of Bologna. He has published articles and monographs on the history of political and social concepts and political modern thought. His last book is Il potere temporaneo. Karl Marx e la politica come critica della societàMeltemi, 2019).


Notes on Contributors

part 1
Disciplines and Structures: Time, History, Mutations
1 On Possession and Property Marx, Gans and the Law
  Michele Basso

2 Breaking the Chain of Time Marx and the French Historians
  Isabella Consolati

3 The Social Object Marx, the Economists, the Mercantile Society
  Maurizio Merlo

4 The Artificial Nature and the Genetic History of Capital Marx and the Modern Theory of Colonisation
  Paola Rudan

5 The Feminine Ferment Marx and the Critique of Patriarchy
  Eleonora Cappuccilli and Roberta Ferrari

6 The City as a Time-Machine Marx and Urban Transformations
  Niccolò Cuppini

7 Marx Technology and Anthropology
  Fabio Raimondi

part 2
Spaces and World: States, Revolutions, Social Movement
8 Germany as an Anachronism Marx, Social Science and the State
  Maurizio Ricciardi

9 In the Anarchic State of Capital Marx and the Suspended History of Latin America
  Michele Cento

10 The Colonial Lever and the Social Movement in General Marx and Ireland
  Luca Cobbe

11 The French Revolutions and the Future of Politics Marx and France
  Federico Tomasello

12 The Nation within Capital’s Political Relations Marx and Italy
  Michele Filippini

13 From the Commune to Communism? Marx and Russia
  Luca Basso

14 ‘A Sea of Revolution’ Marx, India and China
  Giorgio Grappi

15 Between Slavery and Free Labour Marx, the American Civil War and Emancipation as a Global Issue
  Matteo Battistini

16 England as the Metropolis of Capital Marx, the International and the Working Class
  Mario Piccinini

Works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels



All interested in the thought of Karl Marx, his legacy in the present and anyone concerned with the global dimension of his reflection. Researchers and students in history of political thought, social and political history, and philosophy.
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