Toward a Historical Materialist Universalism
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In light of the review of Marx’s conception of Oriental society and the comparative economic history debate over imperial China’s place in world history in Part I and the past, present, and potential future movement of modern China vis-à-vis global capitalism in Part II, some tentative reflections from a critical and self-reflexive Marxist standpoint are in order. Self-reflexivity is both an intrinsic mechanism and an open manifestation of the dynamics of historical materialism’s enduring relevance and rejuvenation.
KeywordsWorld History Global Capitalism Historical Materialist Moral Economy Industrial Capitalism
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- 2.The debate, initially stimulated by Maurice Dobb in Studies in the Development of Capitalism (1946) and carried on in many other works, has culminated in the “Brenner debate” (Aston and Philpin 1985).Google Scholar