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Theory as History

Theory as History

Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation
December 2011
Trade Paperback · 408 Pages
$28.00 U.S. · $30.99 CAN
ISBN 9781608461431
Historical Materialism


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Winner of the 2011 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize The essays collected herein deal with the Marxist notion of a "mode of production," the emergence of medieval relations of production, the origins of capitalism, the dichotomy between free and unfree labor, and essays in agrarian history. They demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of bringing history back into historical materialism.

About the Author

Jairus Banaji spent most of his academic life at Oxford. He has been a Research Associate in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London, for the past several years. He is the author of Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2007).