A Global Introduction
Edited by Daryl Glaser, David M. Walker
Routledge – 2007 – 272 pages
This book outlines and assesses the Marxist tradition as it developed in the twentieth century, and considers its place and standing as we move into the twenty-first century.
It is divided into three parts examining Marxism historically, geographically and thematically:
Twentieth Century Marxism is not an introspective discussion of Marxism that would be of interest only to a limited number of specialists. Rather, it provides a thoughtful and stimulating contribution to debates about the role of Marxism today and its future direction.
'This exciting introduction to global Marxism surveys the major political divisions, geographical settings, and intellectual issues that arose in the twentieth century and are now due for assessment. The contributors are both informative and perceptive, covering the full range of theories, movements and debates. The volume is particularly strong on African and Asian settings, as well as Latin America. Marx and Engels directed their message to the workers of the world, and this book does an excellent job showing how and where this message was received and pursued.' - Terrell Carver, Professor of Political Theory, University of Bristol, UK
'An excellent survey. All the contributors are acknowledged experts in their fields who write clearly and with authority. Mixing chronological, geographical and thematic approaches, this wide-ranging book is as comprehensive as could be wished.' - David McLellan, Professor of Political Theory, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
'This is a very well conceived and well balanced collection, produced by authors who are all experts in the areas on which they write. The various contributions cover the major geographical areas in which versions of Marxism were developed. The main controversies of the century are well represented, together with some intelligent discussion of the possibilities of Marxism in the 21st-century. The writing is simple enough for the reader with no great knowledge of Marxism to follow, but the various chapters have nonetheless a great deal to offer the expert reader.' - Mark Cowling, Reader in Criminology, University of Teesside. Convener, Political Studies Association Marxism Specialist Group, Editor, Studies in Marxism
1. Introduction David Walker Part 1 2. Lenin and Marxism: Class Struggle, the Theory of Politics and the Politics of Theory Alan Shandro 3. Left-Communism: Rosa Luxemburg and Leon Trotsky Compared Ian Thatcher 4. Right Wing Marxism Jules Townsend Part 2 5. Soviet and Eastern Bloc Marxism Mark Sandle 6. Eurocommunism Rick Simon 7. Western Marxism Joe Femia 8. African Marxism’s Moment Daryl Glaser 9. Applying Marxism to Asian Conditions: Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and the ‘Universality of Marxism’ Nick Knight 10. Marxism in Latin America/Latin American Marxism? Ronaldo Munck Part 3 11. Marxism and Socialism Howard Chodos 12. Marxist Theory, Marxist Practice Daryl Glaser 13. Marxisms and Capitalisms: From Logic of Accumulation to Articulation of Class Structures Yahya M. Madra and Fikret Adaman 14. Marxism and Method Daniel Little
Daryl Glaser is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
David M. Walker teaches political theory at the University of Newcastle, UK.