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Imperialism, Crisis and Class Struggle

The Enduring Verities and Contemporary Face of Capitalism. Essays in Honour of James Petras


Edited by Henry Veltmeyer

This book of essays is written in honour of James Petras, in recognition of his intellectual achievements and political interventions—his steadfast principles, distinguished scholarship, extraordinary writing and uncompromising dedication to the popular struggles of millions across the world. In recognition of his lifetime of significant contributions and central role in the global struggle for social justice, the authors of this collection, each a leading scholar in his own right, address some of the most critical issues of our time: those of imperialism, crisis and class struggle. These issues allow the authors to identify both the ‘the enduring verities and contemporary face of capitalism’ and James Petras’ contributions to their work and that of others.

Contributors are Berch Berberoglu, Tom Brass, Ronald H. Chilcote, Raúl Delgado Wise, John Bellamy Foster, Hannah Holleman, Ashok Kumbamu, Fernando Leiva, Stephen Lendman, Morris Morley, Michael Parenti, and Henry Veltmeyer.

Ingo Schmidt

capital-accumulation would invariably lead to intensified class-struggles did not fit either of these two strategies. No wonder that social-democratic and Soviet theoreticians were equally keen on finding an excuse to dismiss Luxemburg’s theory. They found it in a few arithmetical errors in her analyses

Noel Ignatiev

1 Kolchin 2002, p. 154. Noel Ignatiev Whiteness and Class Struggle A recent electronic search yielded Žfty-one books with the word ‘whiteness’ in their titles, almost all published in the last decade and most within the last Žve years, and three hundred and seventy- three articles published

Neil Davidson

different types of class-struggle – slave-rebellions, tax-revolts and peasant-uprisings – in establishing the feudal system. Keywords Marxism, Chris Wickham, Perry Anderson, Guy Bois, peasant-mode of production, state, class- struggle Why should readers of Historical Materialism consider reading a book by a

Vivek Chibber

-nilly, into a kind of class-struggle theory. I conclude that this spells the demise of the classical version of historical materialism, but also observe that this does not leave us with a voluntaristic understanding of history, as some of its defenders fear. Keywords Class, class-struggle, exploitation, mode

Manuel Larrabure

government, they nevertheless fall short of conceptualising them as class struggles per se, an important point I will come back to later. Having outlined what I take to be the two innovations of socialism in the twenty-first century, namely an emphasis on human development and a Poulantzian approach to


James Furner

account of the capitalist and the working-classes. Section 3 then examines Lukács’s concept of ‘ the self-consciousness of the commodity ’. 15 With its aid, section 4 reconstructs Capital ’s antinomy passage. Sections 5–9 chart the significance of this rights-antinomy for class struggle. Section 5

Alan Thornett

240 Review Articles / Historical Materialism 15 (2007) 199–247 Glorious Summer: Class Struggle in Britain 1972 . Ralph Darlington and Dave Lyddon. London: Bookmarks, 2001 Glorious Summer , written by Ralph Darlington and Dave Lyddon, is a valuable contribution to the written history of the

Red October

Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia


Jeffery R. Webber

Bolivia witnessed a left-indigenous insurrectionary cycle between 2000 and 2005 that overthrew two neoliberal presidents and laid the foundation for Evo Morales’ successful bid to become the country’s first indigenous head of state in 2006. Building on the theoretical traditions of revolutionary Marxism and indigenous liberation, this book provides an analytical framework for understanding the fine-grained sociological and political nuances of twenty-first century Bolivian class-struggle, state-repression, and indigenous resistance, as well the deeply historical roots of today’s oppositional traditions. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, including more than 80 in-depth interviews with social-movement and trade-union activists, Red October is a ground-breaking intervention in the study of contemporary Bolivia and the wider Latin American turn to the left over the last decade.


Robert Ovetz

break the 1894 railroad strike demonstrated that capital had a new composition to meet the challenge of a newly recomposed working-class. Yet, the use of state force and violence to manage class struggle was approaching a turning point. The strike and its defeat encapsulate three important developments