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Martin J. Sklar (1935-2014) was an American historian best known for originating the concepts of corporate liberalism, the disaccumulation of capital, and the capitalist-socialist mix. The terms and ideas were introduced in his essays and two books: The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916: The Market, the Law and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1988; awarded the James Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association, 1990) and The United States as a Developing Country: Studies in U.S. History in the Progressive Era and the 1920s (Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Sklar was the founding editor of the journal Studies on the Left (Madison, Wisconsin) and the co-founding editor of the weekly newspaper In These Times (Chicago). He contributed essays to Studies on the Left and was the Editorials Editor and sole editorial writer 1976-79 for In These Times. He was a founding editor of the journal Socialist Revolution.
Sklar was a founding member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of The Historical Society, 1998 et seq; co-Chair of the Program Committee of The Historical Society's first national convention, 1999, and founding editorial board member of The Journal of The Historical Society.
Professor of History at Bucknell University, Sklar was the university's first appointee to its MacArthur Chair, in 1983. From 1969 to 1976 he was Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northern Illinois University.
Education: University of Wisconsin B.A. 1955, M.A. 1962; University of Rochester Ph.D. 1982
In Letters on Obama (from the Left) : The Global Democratic Revolution & The Obama Counter-Revolution (Kindle edition 2012), a collections of letters to friends, colleagues, and political commentators, Sklar brought his knowledge of American history and politics, and his conviction that America is a leftwing country, to an analysis of the Obama candidacy and presidency. He focused on economic, social, and international issues in the context of liberal democracy and developed the distinction between the "Freedom (Associational) Left" and the "Security (Communitarian) Left," the former being consistent with American history and the latter representing party-state command politics that the country had previously rejected. He also discussed the significance of the disaccumulation of capital and the capitalist-socialist mix in the financial crisis of 2008 and the government's response to it.
In his unpublished essay "Nationalism and Democracy in the United States, 1789-1815: Some Questions Relating to the Hamiltonian-Jeffersonian Conflict in Early United States History" (1955), Sklar presented an analysis of Alexander Hamilton's policies that demonstrated how they were anti-protectionist and ran counter to the interests of American manufacturers, contrary to commonly held views.
Sklar was the author of many essays on American liberal democracy, capitalism, socialism, and international relations. A partial list of published essays:
"Thoughts on Capitalism and Socialism: Utopian and Realistic," The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, II:4, October 2003
"Capitalism and Socialism in the Emergence of Modern America: The Formative Era, 1890-1916," in Reconstructing History: The Emergence of a New Historical Society, edited by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese & Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, NY: Routledge, 1999
"The Open Door, Imperialism, and Postimperialism: Origins of U.S. Twentieth-Century Foreign Relations, Circa 1900," in Postimperialism and World Politics, edited by David G. Becker and Richard L. Sklar, Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999
"Author's Response," Business History, 1992 (Journal of Business History Conference), response to plenary session discussion of The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism 1890-1916: The Market, The Law, and Politics by Martin J. Sklar; discussant professors Ellis W. Hawley, Naomi Lamoreaux, James Livingston, et al.
"Periodization and Historiography: Studying American Political Development in the Progressive Era, 1890s-1916, " Studies in American Political Development, 5 (Fall, 1991); also Steven Hahn "Response to Sklar" and Sklar "Discussion with Steven Hahn."
"Capitalismo Y Liberalismo Corporativos," Estados Unidos visto por sus historiadores, edited by Victor Adolfo Arriaga Weiss, Arturo Grunstein Dikter, Angela Moyano Pahissa, and Ana Rosa Suarez Arguello, 2 vols. (Instituto Mora: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico, 1991), Vol. II
"Sherman Antitrust Act Jurisprudence and Federal Policy-Making in the Formative Period, 1890-1914," New York Law School Law Review, XXXV:4 (1990)
"U.S. in World Politics, 1896-1914," Romance of the Three Empires, 1830s-1980s. Japanese language volume, published by Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, 1989. (Originaly published in Japanese in Asahi Journal, Tokyo, 1988.)
"The Sherman Antitrust Act and the Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1914," in Corporations and Society: Power and Responsibility, edited by Warren J. Samuels and Arthur S. Miller, NY: Greenwood Press, 1987
"Le socialisme et la tradition politique américaine," Encrages (Université Paris VIII-Vincennes á Saint-Denis), No. 11/12. Hiver 1983-1984.
"New Thinking about the Market, 1896-1904: Some American Economists on Investment and the Theory of Surplus Capital," Journal of Economic History, XLIII: 3 Sept., 1983 (co-author with Carl P. Parrini)
"The Corporate Ascendancy and the Socialist Acquiescence: An Inquiry into Strange Times," Maryland Historian, XII, Fall 1981, reprinted as "Disaffected with Development: Henry Adams and the 1960s 'New Left'" in The United States as a Developing Country
"Some Remarks on Ollman's 'On Teaching Marxism'" in Studies in Socialist Pedagogy, edited by Theodore Mills Norton and Bertell Ollman, NY: Monthly Review Press, 1978
"The Trumpet & the Ladder," In These Times, number 28, 1-7 June 1977.
Review of Main Currents in Modern American History by Gabriel Kolko, The Journal of American History, LXIV, Sept. 1977
"Liberty and Equality, and Socialism," Socialist Revolution, no. 34 (Vol. 7, No. 4), July-August 1977
"On the Proletarian Revolution and the End of Political-Economic Society," Radical America, III:3 (May-June 1969), reprinted with editorial corrections and revisions as "Some Political and Cultural Consequences of the Disaccumulation of Capital: Origins of Postindustrial Development in the 1920s," in The United States as a Developing Country
"Woodrow Wilson and the Political Economy of Modern United States Liberalism," Studies on the Left, I:3 (1960), reprinted as "Woodrow Wilson and the Developmental Imperatives of Modern U.S. Liberalism" in The United States as a Developing Country