Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Thursday, August 24, 2006

An announcement

This blog is due to get rather quieter for the next few weeks or so, as I am on holiday of sorts. I doubt my break will be as historically thought-provoking as occasional Histomat reader isakofsky's clearly was, but who can tell?

In the meantime, I will plug a few things that I would read on the net if I wasn't busy writing about Dead Kings and organising to bring down Blair, etc.

Paddington's novel Drift, which I am plugging here to try and assuage the guilt I sometimes feel for not yet having found time to read it.

Edward William's Reading Lenin in America blog, which I am plugging in part to try and assuage the guilt at not engaging with his arguments but instead just quoting Lenin at him after he commented here one time - and in part because it looks a quite interesting blog.

The debate between Marxist historians Chris Harman and Robert Brenner on the transition from feudalism to capitalism, which is online here.

Edited to add: A quote from George Orwell, which was highlighted recently by Lahai J Samboma, and seems quite relevant given the current propaganda offensive against the people of Iran:

'Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defence against a homicidal maniac.'



At 6:57 pm, Blogger paddington said...

Thank you very much again for the plug Snowball - I have been slightly remiss in posting chapters in the last fortnight, but for those who do wish to delve into the Drift, there is some background stuff on my Homo Ludens blog (awopbopaloobop.blogspot.com). Otherwise, follow Snowball's link and dive straight in!

At 8:13 pm, Blogger Louis Proyect said...

I give critical support to Harman in this debate but he really doesn't do full justice to the question of colonial Latin America's role in the origins of capitalism.


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