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ISBN-13: 978-0226019833 ISBN-10: 0226019837

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"Marxist scholar Kevin Anderson has undertaken an exhaustive reading of some of Marx's lesser-known writings. He explores how Marx developed and changed his ideas about societies that, in the 19th century, were still peripheral to capitalism. . . . This whole book is fascinating."
(Colin Barker Socialist Review)

“Anderson may just have provided the burgeoning Marx industry with another major focus for its research and debates. Marx at the Margins reveals a dimension of Marx that is very little known and even less understood. Anderson makes an overwhelming case for the importance of Marx’s views on non-Western societies, ethnicity, nationalism, and race to our interpretations of his thinking over a wide range of topics. This is an incredibly innovative, interesting, and terribly important book that will greatly benefit any of its readers.”
(Bertell Ollman, New York University)

Marx at the Margins is a book of tremendous scope, filled with important scholarly contributions, including Anderson’s highly original reading of Marx’s theory of history. In this truly ground-breaking work, Kevin Anderson analyzes Marx’s journalism and various unpublished writings on European colonialism and the developing countries for the first time, breaking the long-held stereotype that Marx was an incorrigible class and economic reductionist. Well-written in clear and accessible prose, Marx at the Margins proves that Marx is the sophisticated and original theorist of history some might not have ever expected him to be.”
(Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles)

“Anderson’s survey of a large swathe of Marx’s writings illustrates the volution of Marx’s thinking and the breadth of vision. This is major work which will influence debate and thinking for a long time to come.”

(Barry Healy Marx & Philosophy Review of Books)

Marx at the Margins is essential reading for anyone seeking to explore the sophistication and complexity of Marx and Engels’s writings on race, nationalism, ethnicity, and the historical development of non-Western societies.”

(Nagesh Rao International Socialist Review)

About the Author

Kevin B. Anderson is professor of sociology and political science at the University of California–Santa Barbara and most recently, with Janet Afary, the coauthor of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226019837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226019833
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Krul on November 3, 2010
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"Marx at the Margins" is a title supposed to work two ways. It is a substantial analysis and review of Marx's writings, familiar and yet unpublished, about nations and races, but it is also an attempt to revive parts of Marx's analysis which are often seen as marginal or irrelevant to his overall thought, but which author Kevin B. Anderson argues actually were a very central concern of his. Since Anderson is working on a forthcoming scientific publication of Marx's "ethnological notebooks", which have never yet been published in full in any language, he is in a good position to expand on the nature and background of Marx's writings on non-Western nations and their histories. Additionally, the book covers the way in which Marx discussed the intersection between race and class, notably in the case of his journalism on the American Civil War but also in the context of Ireland (as the Irish were effectively not considered 'white').

Anderson traces the way in which themes of alternative routes to development, anti-colonial resistance and the negative results of imperialism on the workers of the imperial country became increasingly important in Marx's writings over time. Much has been written about the (in)famous writings of Marx and Engels on the colonies and 'lesser nations' in the 1840s and 1850s, in particular Marx's journalism on India, but Anderson emphasizes how this was only their viewpoint during this period and how they became ever more critical of imperialism and ever less convinced of capitalism's progressive power outside the Western world as time went on.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KC Weaver on October 19, 2010
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Kevin Anderson does a wonderful job exploring Marx's work on the "Margins" of the industrial world. So often times pondered by students of the twentieth century as to why the Bolshevik revolution, a revolution Marxist in character, took place in the most backward of European countries finds traction within Anderson's insight. His treatment of Marx's writing on india also prove interesting.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohammed on August 27, 2014
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Very good book and informative.
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