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Asia and the shift in Marx’s conception of revolution and history

Chun, Lin (2018) Asia and the shift in Marx’s conception of revolution and history. In: Vidal, Matt, Rotta, Tomás, Smith, Tony and Prew, Paul, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780190695545

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190695545.013.42


Through a revisit of the evolution of Marx’s ideas about Oriental society and the village community, this chapter explores the methodological meaning of Asia for the Marxist conception of history and demonstrates its contemporary relevance. Following Marx’s original cases of India, China, and Russia, the chapter traces how eventually in his analysis national liberation and class struggle became mutually indispensable and why the oldest forms of social organization could be transformed into the newest as the communist project. This textual study of a remarkable intellectual trajectory begins with a critical examination of Marx’s Asiatic mode of production and then looks into the major twists and leaps in his later reflections, and concludes with a tentative appraisal of the significance of his eastward turn. Marx’s non-deterministic history with a strong agential as well as ecological consciousness is shown to be an indispensable source for contemporary Marxist rethinking of historical and global transformations.

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Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:49

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