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THEORY AS HISTORY: ESSAYS ON MODES OF PRODUCTION AND EXPLOITATION – BY JAIRUS BANAJI 

THEORY AS HISTORY

ESSAYS ON MODES OF PRODUCTION AND EXPLOITATION

JAIRUS BANAJI

AVAILABLE NOW

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WINNER OF THE 2011 ISAAC AND TAMARA DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE
AVAILABLE AT A SPECIAL 30% DISCOUNT

In celebration of the fact that Theory as History, a title from the Historical Materialism Book Series (http://www.haymarketbooks.org/category/hm-series), has been awarded the prestigious Deutscher Prize, Haymaket Books is offering a 30% discount of all copies sold through our website. Simply enter the coupon code “THEORY30” at checkout to receive the discount.

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The essays collected here straddle four decades of work in both historiography and Marxist theory, combining source-based historical work in a wide range of languages with sophisticated discussions of Marx’s notion of ‘modes of production.’ From the emergence of medieval relations of production; the origins of capitalism; the dichotomy between free and unfree labour; and essays in agrarian history that range widely from Byzantine Egypt to 19th -century colonialism. The essays demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of bringing history back into historical materialism.

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PRAISE FOR THEORY AS HISTORY

“The great merit of this volume is that it establishes an approach for [the debates about the nature and origin of capitalism] that is deeply theoretical, but at the same time refreshingly unhampered by the kind of doctrinaire attachment to a perceived (and often misread) orthodoxy that plagued so much of “historical materialism” for the past century. It is scholarly, without being purely academic … Banaji’s book deserves to be read and debated as one of the starting points for a new wave of Marxist historiography, still in the process of liberating itself from the ghost of its formalist past.”
—PEPIJNBRANDON, International Socialism

“Banaji’s seemingly idiosyncratic but in fact highly sophisticated and original approach to historical analysis provides not only a welcome stimulus and a challenge for scholars today, but also will give them plenty to think about for many years to come”
—MARCEL van der LINDEN, research director of the International Institute of Social History

“Theory as History is a book written at the summit of a lifetime’s engagement with issues of Marxist theory and practice … Banaji’s work demonstrates that no aspect of human history is irrelevant to the present. His scholarship shows immense skill, depth and range … [proving] it is not the Marxist method that has been at fault, but the dominance of non-Marxist theory and method in the minds of Marxist .” —Counterfire

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

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ISBN: 978-1-60846-1431 / $28 / Paperback / 408 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org; to request review or examination copies write to john@haymarketbooks.org 

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