In Defense of History

Marxism And the Postmodern Agenda

Edited by Ellen Meiksins Wood, John Bellamy Foster


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2006

204 pages

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The world is increasingly populated not by cheerful robots but by some very angry human beings. As things stand, there are very few intellectual resources available to understand that anger, and hardly any political ones (at least on the left) to organize it. Today's postmodernism, for all its apparently defeatist pessimism, is still rooted in the 'Golden Age of Capitalism'. It's time to leave that legacy behind and face today's realities.

– from Ellen Meiksins Wood's Introduction

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.

John Bellamy Foster

John Bellamy Foster is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of Monthly Review (New York). His most recent books are The Endless Crisis (with Robert W. McChesney, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012) and Marx and the Earth (with Paul Burkett, Chicago: Haymarket, 2017). 


A hard-hitting critique . . . Brings together fine essays that speak directly to the underlying assumptions of postmodernism and offer a stunning critique of its usefulness in both understanding and critiquing the current historical epoch.

Contemporary Sociology