Theory is History

  • Samir Amin

Part of the SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice book series (BRIEFSPIONEER, volume 17)

Also part of the Texts and Protocols book sub series (BRIEFSTEXTS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Samir Amin
    Pages 1-4
  3. Samir Amin
    Pages 5-30
  4. Samir Amin
    Pages 61-78
  5. Samir Amin
    Pages 115-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 133-143

About this book


This book focuses on a central concept that “Theory is History”, as the theory of capitalism can only be formulated on the basis of an analysis of its history. In contrast, bourgeois thinking replaces the analysis of historical capitalism with an abstract theory without any links to reality. “Economics”, which is the theory of an imaginary system, then becomes an apologia intended to give legitimacy to the behaviour of the owners of capital. The author pays special attention to the globalization of the law of value. The individual chapters illustrate the author’s thesis by focusing on the links between capital and land ownership, between modernity and religious interpretation, and on questions of the global expansion of capitalism, particularly the ways it has evolved in certain countries, in this case Russia and China. This anthology supplements the author’s previous work, centred on the rise of the South—his reading of capitalism focusing on its imperialist nature.


Globalized Values Ground Rent Historical Capitalism Imperialist Rent Roads of Development Third World Forum

Authors and affiliations

  • Samir Amin
    • 1
  1. 1.Directeur Forum du Tiers MondeParisFrance

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