Today the world, particularly socialists, faces a similar gigantic fact. China, after its revolution, has achieved the greatest improvement in life of by far the largest proportion of humanity of any country in human history.
"A Promethean Vision is the latest addition to the growing corpus of literature on Marx in the ongoing global Marxism renaissance. It is a fine exposition of Marx’s ideas about the evolution and structure of capitalist society, also called historical materialism." Sarmad Khawaja, Pakistan Development Review
An extract from Jonathan's White'sMaking Our Own History,on the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism pioneered by Maurice Dobb, Rodney Hilton and Christopher Hill among others.
If the published output of the Historians Group are triumphs of popular accessible and empirically rich historical scholarship, the records and papers of these internal collective Group discussions show an intense engagement with Marxist concepts and formed part of a collective effort, alongside Marxist intellectuals across the Communist movement, to develop and popularise the theoretical and empirical basis of historical materialism.
"This book ought to appeal to any socialist who rejects the idea the Popular Unity’s defeat was inevitable. Pedro Rodriguez alludes to a more universal appeal. He notes that, “the Chilean events reflect practically all the problems of Marxist-Leninist theory of revolution, of capturing and retaining power … of people’s democratic tasks and socialist goals, of the objective and subjective revolutionary factors … In short all those questions that require the unflagging attention of Communists and revolutionaries.”
Making Our Own History argues that Marxist ideas derive their force from their deeply historical world view. The socialist thought developed by Marx and Engels was scientific because it uncovered the laws at work not just within capitalism but human history as a whole,
"Eric Rahim’s small book provides an excellent account of Marx’s early years and of the evolution of his approach to the structural analysis of socio-economic development, virtually all of this fitting within Marx’s first 31 years, before he settled in London. It can be highly recommended to those wishing to read an accessible and authoritative study of this fascinating subject." Dr Michael Tribe, Criterion Quarterly
This small book is a very useful account of how Marx came to develop his materialist conception of history. His criticism of Hegel, his discussions with various Young Hegelians, his discovery and critique of political economy, his debt to Adam Smith – a very original and stimulating argument! – and finally, his elaboration of a new worldview are clearly explained
"Fuller’s research is truly impressive. His readings include not only all of his subject’s published works, but the unpublished ones as well... Anyone wishing to learn about detective-story writer Dashiell Hammett need venture no farther than this excellent book."