Democracy Against Capitalism

Renewing Historical Materialism

Ellen Meiksins Wood


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2007

Language: English

300 pages

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Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that with the collapse of Communism the theoretical project of Marxism and its critique of capitalism is more timely and important than ever. In this book she sets out to renew the critical program of historical materialism by redefining its basic concepts and its theory of history in original and imaginative ways, using them to identify the specificity of capitalism as a system of social relations and political power. She goes on to explore the concept of democracy in both the ancient and modern world, examining the concept's relation to capitalism.

Ellen Meiksins Wood

Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada, was an editor of the New Left Review from 1984 to 1992, and, co-editor of Monthly Review from 1997 to 2000. She is the author of numerous books, including The Retreat from Class (1986; reissued in 1998, with a new introduction by the author), which won the Deutscher Prize; The Pristine Culture of Capitalism: A Historical Essay on Old Regimes and Modern States (1992); Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism (1995), andThe Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View (2002), as well as several others on the history of Western political though and ancient Greek democracy. Her work has been translated into many languages, European and non-European.