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Karl Marx's Theory of History:
A Defence
G. A. Cohen
Expanded Edition

Winner of the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize

Paperback | 2001 | $49.95 / £34.95 | ISBN: 9780691070681
450 pp. | 6 x 9
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First published in 1978, this book rapidly established itself as a classic of modern Marxism. Cohen's masterful application of advanced philosophical techniques in an uncompromising defense of historical materialism commanded widespread admiration. In the ensuing twenty years, the book has served as a flagship of a powerful intellectual movement--analytical Marxism. In this expanded edition, Cohen offers his own account of the history, and the further promise, of analytical Marxism. He also expresses reservations about traditional historical materialism, in the light of which he reconstructs the theory, and he studies the implications for historical materialism of the demise of the Soviet Union.

Review:

"Cohen's blend of sound scholarship and acute philosophical reasoning has produced a work with which anyone seriously interested in understanding Marx must come to terms."--Peter Singer, New York Review of Books

"A clear, definite, and well-reasoned interpretation of what the theory really is. . . . Admirably argued and generally exhilarating."--Anthony Quinton, The Times Literary Supplement

"[Karl Marx's Theory of History] is an ambitious and impressive work. . . . Cohen writes with limpidity, verve, and honesty."--William H. Shaw, American Historical Review

Endorsement:

"An admirable and formidable book."--E. J. Hobsbawm

"Every sentence has the feel of having been deeply thought through over a long period of time."--Gareth Stedman Jones

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