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Class Theory and History


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Introduction Part I: Communism 1. A General Class Theory The Classical Tradition Our Basic Terms Utopia and Communism: A Brief Digression A Concrete Communism Communist Class Structures: Centralization versus Decentralization Culture, Politics and Economics of Communism Appendix: How Societies Differ: A Methodological Problem Endnotes 2. The Many Forms of Communism Class and Property Class and Markets Class and Power Classless Communism and Proletarian Dictatorship Socialism and Communism Endnotes Part II: State Capitalism 3. A Class Theory of State Capitalism Capitalisms and Exploitation Justifying the Label "Capitalist" Value Analysis for State Capitalism: A Technical Digression Capitalisms, Communisms and Socialisms Endnotes 4. Debates over State Capitalism Conflicting Concepts Power as the Theoretical Key Weakness of Power Theories Endnotes Part III: The Rise and Fall of the USSR 5. Class Structures and Tensions Before 1917 The Fundamentals: Feudal, Ancient, Capitalist and Communist The Complexities The Contradictions and the Revolution Endnotes 6. Revolution, War Communism, and the Aftermath Changing the State and Class Structures Organizing the New Class Structures A Class and Value Analysis of War Communism Class Contradictions After War Communism Endnotes 7. Revolution, Class, and the Soviet Household Bolshevik Class Blindness New Economic Policy/Old Household Policy Endnotes 8. The New Economic Policies of the 1920s Relations Between Agriculture and Industry: An Overview The NEP in Class and Value Terms A History of NEP Contradictions Adjusting State Industrial Capitalism Revolution and NEP as a Transition to State Capital 9. The Transformations of the 1930s New Complexities and Contradictions Communism in Agriculture State Capitalism and Industry The Industrial Workers Stalinism and Class Appendix A: The Value Equation for Collective Farms Appendix B: The Value Crisis of Collective Farms Endnotes 10. Class Contradictions and the Collapse Class Structures After World War Two Postwar Culture Postwar Politics Postwar Economy State, Enterprise, and Household Transitions The Collapse Appendix A: The Value Equation for Military Expenditures Appendix B: The Value Equation for International Terms of Trade Endnotes References


"A very ambitious and interesting book on a very important topic.."
-Howard Sherman, author of "Reinventing Marxism
"Using a version of Marx's theory of class to explain the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Union as evidence for the validity of this theory, Resnick and Wolff succeed in providing us with an original and fascinating account of both. Whether one agrees or disagrees with their results, no future work on either of these important subjects will be able to ignore the sheer creative verve and intellectual rigor with which they lay out their arguments. Very highly recommended.."
-Bertell Ollman, editor of "Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists
"A stunning achievement! Resnick and Wolff have extended their path breaking work in Knowledge and Class to a full-fledged class analysis of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. Building on the clearest analysis of class in the Marxian tradition, Resnick and Wolff provide a comprehensive analysis of the core contradictions in pre-Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union. This is a work that all those concerned with the Soviet experience, the nature of class, and the possibilities of fundamental social change will have to contend with.."
-Victor D. Lippit, editor of "Radical Political Economy: Explorations in Alternative Economic Analysis
""Class Theory and History both follows in the best Marxian tradition's footsteps and develops new important insights. Building upon a notion of class whose pivot is the production and distribution of surplus, the authors offer a stimulating and original interpretation of the USSR's birth, development, and fall. This is class analysis at its best, a work whichdeserves the widest circulation.."
-Guglielmo Carchedi author of "For Another Europe: A Class Analysis of European Economic Integration
"Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff, both economics professors, approach Soviet history on a highly theoretical level, analyzing the productive relations in Soviet society with sometimes mathematical (or, perhaps, pseudomathematical) precision....[A] strikingly original argument."
-"Humanities and Social Sciences Online

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