Late Marx and the Russian Road -  Marx and the peripheries of capitalism

Late Marx and the Russian Road - Marx and the peripheries of capitalism

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Author: Teodor Shanin
Publisher: Aakar Books
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 286
ISBN/UPC (if available): 93-5002-003-3


Late Marx and the Russian Road addresses in a new way Marx’s attitudes to societies we describe today as ‘developing’ or ‘peripheral’ and to social and socialist theories which originated in them and which reflect their particularities. It argues that the intensive research coupled with public silence during the last decade of Marx’s life represented – not accidentally-with intensive studies of Russia and contacts with it theorists and revolutionaries.

Russia was the first’ developing society’ in the sense accepted today, and its social and intellectual context were to produce by the turn of the century the first wave of ‘modernization’ theories and strategies, as well as Leninism. Included in this work are the translations of Marx’s notes from the late 1880s, hailed as one of the most important ‘finds’ of the last century.



Part I: Late Marx

Late Marx: gods and craftsmen Teodor Shanin
Marx and revolutionary Russia Haruki Wada
Late Marx: continuity, contradiction and learning Derek Sayer and Philip Corrigan

Part II: The Russian Road

Marx-Zasulich correspondence: letters and drafts
Vera Zasulich: A letter to Marx (February 1881)
Karl Marx: Drafts of a reply (February/March 1881)
Karl Marx: The reply to Zasulich (March 1881)

David Ryazanov: The discovery of the drafts (1924)

Karl Marx: A letter to the Editorial Board of Otechestvennye Zapiski

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Preface to the second
Russian edition of the Manifesto of the Communist Party

Kar; Marx: Confessions

Marx after Capital: a biographical note (1867-1883)
Derek Sayer

The Russian scene: a biographical note
Jonathan Sanders

Part III: The Russian Revolutionary Tradition 1850 to 1890

Nikolai Chernyshevskii: Selected writings
The People’s Will: Basic documents and writings
Marxism and the vernacular revolutionary traditions Teodor Shanin