With a New Preface 344 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010, 2016 In Marx at the Margins, Kevin Anderson uncovers a variety of extensive but neglected texts by Marx that cast what we thought we knew about his work in a startlingly different light. Analyzing a variety of Marx’s writings, including journalistic work […]
With a New Preface
344 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010, 2016
In Marx at the Margins, Kevin Anderson uncovers a variety of extensive but neglected texts by Marx that cast what we thought we knew about his work in a startlingly different light. Analyzing a variety of Marx’s writings, including journalistic work written for the New York Tribune, Anderson presents us with a Marx quite at odds with conventional interpretations. Rather than providing us with an account of Marx as an exclusively class-based thinker, Anderson here offers a portrait of Marx for the twenty-first century: a global theorist whose social critique was sensitive to the varieties of human social and historical development, including not just class, but nationalism, race, and ethnicity, as well. Through highly informed readings of work ranging from Marx’s unpublished 1879–82 notebooks to his passionate writings about the antislavery cause in the United States, this volume delivers a groundbreaking and canon-changing vision of Karl Marx that is sure to provoke lively debate in Marxist scholarship and beyond. For this expanded edition, Anderson has written a new preface that discusses the additional 1879–82 notebook material, as well as the influence of the Russian-American philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya on his thinking.
- A Note on Marx’s Relationship to Engels
- A Note on Sources
Chapter 1: Colonial Encounters in the 1850s: The European Impact on India, Indonesia, and China
- The 1853 Writings on India: Qualified Support for Colonialism
- Marx, Goethe, and Edward Said’s Critique of Eurocentrism
- Resistance and Regeneration in the 1853 Writings
- The 1853 Notes on Indonesia
- On China: The Taiping Rebellion and the Opium Wars
- “India Is Now Our Best Ally”: The 1857 Sepoy Rebellion
Chapter 2: Russia and Poland: The Relationship of National Emancipation to Revolution
- Russia as a Counterrevolutionary Threat
- On the Chechens and the “Jewish Question”
- The Turning Point of 1857-58: “In Russia the Movement Is Progressing Better Than Anywhere Else”
- Poland as “External Thermometer” of the European Revolution
- The Polish Uprising of 1863: “The Era of Revolution Has Opened in Europe Once More”
- Debates Over Poland and France within the International
- Dispute with the Proudhonists over Poland
- Last Writings on Poland
Chapter 3: Race, Class, and Slavery: The Civil War as a Second American Revolution
- “The Signal Has Now Been Given”: The Civil War as a Turning Point
- The Civil War and Class Cleavage in Britain: The Movement against Intervention
- “A War of This Kind Must Be Conducted in a Revolutionary Way”
- Continuing Disagreements with Engels, Even as the Tide Turns
- Toward the First International
Chapter 4: Ireland: Nationalism, Class, and the Labor Movement
- Engels and Marx on Ireland, 1843-59: “Give Me Two Hundred Thousand Irishmen and I Will Overthrow the Entire British Monarchy”
- Marx on Ireland During the Crucial Year 1867: “I Once Believed the Separation of Ireland from England to Be Impossible. I Now Regard It as Inevitable”
- Theorizing Ireland after the Upheavals of 1867
- Notes on Irish Anthropology and History
- A Change of Position in 1869-70: Ireland as the “Lever” of the Revolution
- The Controversy with Bakunin and After
- Ireland and the Wider European Revolution
Chapter 5: From the Grundrisse to Capital: Multilinear Themes
- The Grundrisse: A Multilinear Perspective
- Non-Western Societies, Especially India, in the 1861-63 Economic Manuscripts
- The Narrative Structure of Capital, Vol. I, Especially the French Edition
- Subtexts of Capital, Vol. I
Chapter 6: Late Writings on Non-Western and Precapitalist Societies
- Gender and Social Hierarchy Among the Iroquois, the Homeric Greeks, and Other Preliterate Societies
- India’s Communal Social Forms under the Impact of Muslim and European Conquest
- Colonialism in Indonesia, Algeria, and Latin America
- Russia: Communal Forms as the “Point of Departure for a Communist Development”
Appendix: The Vicissitudes of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA), from the 1920s to Today
- Riazanov and the First Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe
- The Collected Works of Marx and Engels
- Marx’s Oeuvres, as Edited by Rubel
- The Second Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe, Before and After 1989
Book Reviews: English
- Zimmerman, Andrew, "Review Essay: Marxism, Modernity and Marginality," Critical Sociology, Vol. 41:7-8 (2014)
- Barbara Foley and Kanishka Chowdhury. “Paths to Revolution," Mediations, Vol. 27:1-2 (Fall/Spring 2013-14)
- Belfast Plebian, Sráid Marx: An Irish Marxist Blog, April-May 2013
- Marcel Stoetzler, "Marx on modernity, revisited," Patterns of Prejudice 47:2 (2013)
- Ben Selwin, "Beyond the Western World," International Socialism: A Quarterly Journal Of Socialist Theory, Issue 138, April 13, 2013
- Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Review of Political Economy 25:1(2013), pp. 172-75
- David Norman Smith, Rethinking Marxism 25:1 (Jan. 2013)
- Chris O'Kane, Studies in Social and Political Thought, Vol. 20, Winter 2012
- Paul Hampton, "Is Marxism Eurocentric?" Workers' Liberty (UK), Jan. 26, 2012
- Tom Barnes, review of Marx at the Margins, Journal of Australian Political Economy No. 68 (Dec. 2011)
- HiFi, "Thoughts on Kevin Anderson's Marx at the Margins," Unity and Struggle, September 16, 2011
- Peter Amato, "Decentering and Refocusing Marx," Radical Philosophy Review 14:2 (2011)
- Originally appeared in Global Discourse: A Developmental Journal of Research in Politics and International Relations, Vol. 1: Issue II: Special Issue Part 2: Examining the Contemporary Relevance of Marxism
- Pinar Kemerli, Political Studies Revew, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 2011)
- D. Paul Thomas, Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 9:2 (June 2011)
- Chris Nineham, Counterfire, April 14, 2011
- Robert Spencer, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 47:1 (Feb. 2011)
- Michael Löwy, "Marx and the non-Western World," New Politics, Vol. XIII-2, Winter 2011
- Barry Healy, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, Nov. 6, 2010
- John Garvey, Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice, October 28, 2010
- Barry Healy, Was Karl Marx `Eurocentric'?, Links International Journal of Social Renewal, Oct. 22, 2010
- Nagesh Rao, "When Marx Looked Outside Europe," International Socialist Review (Sept.-Oct. 2010)
- Colin Barker, Socialist Review, July/August 2010
Book Reviews: Other Languages
- [Arabic] Nagesh Rao, "When Marx Looked Outside Europe," Illuminations, Aug. 21, 2016
- [Japanese] Tomonaga Tairako, Ryuji Sasaki, Michio Goto and Takeo Kinoshita, Posse (Tokyo), Vol. 28 (2016, in Japanese)
- [French] Baptiste Eychart, "Constellation Marx," Le Monde Diplomatique (Sept. 2015)
- [Swedish] Johan Persson, review of Marx at the Margins, Enmansutredningen, August 28, 2015
- [Spanish] Emmanuel Barot, "Clase, nación, raza | Los análisis de Marx & Trotsky a partir de una obra de Kevin B. Anderson," Nangara Marx (Venezuela), Aug. 4, 2015
- [Japanese] Masami Asakawa, "Marx continued writing 'at margins': His attitude of overcoming earlier limitations," Tosho Shinbun, No 3215. July 18, 2015
- [French] Didier Epsztajn, “Contre le déterminisme, prendre en compte les contradictions présentes au sein de chaque structure sociale,” Entre les lignes entre les mots, March 3, 2015
- [French] Emmanuel Barot, “Classe, nation, race : à partir d’un ouvrage de Kevin B. Anderson,” Révolution Permanente: Site d’information du Courante Communiste Revolutionnaire du NPA, July 9, 2015
- [Tamil] N Muthu Mohan, review of Marx at the Margins, Ungal Noolagam (Tamil Nadu, India) August and September 2011
- [Indonesian] Dede Mulyanto, "Menemukan Indonesia Dalam Karya Marx," Indoprogress: Left Book Review (Indonesia) VII (Feb. 15, 2013)
- [French] Jean-Numa Ducange, "Marx au-delà de l’Europe: A propos d'un ouvrage de Kevin Anderson," Contretemps (Paris) 15, Dec. 27, 2012.
- [Persian] Yashar Dar al-Shafa, "On Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies: Marx at the Margins," Shargh (Tehran), May 5, 2012 (16 Ordibehesht 1391), page 28.
- [Spanish] Alain Gresh, "Marx y los márgenes del mundo," Rebelion, Aug. 15, 2011
- [French] Alain Gresh, "Marx au marges du monde, Le Monde Diplomatique (blog), August 8, 2011
- [German] Claudia Reichel, Marx-Engels Jahrbuch 2010 (Berlin, May 2011)
- [German] Felix Baum, "War Marx ein Eurozentrist?" Informationszentrum 3. Welt [iz3w] No. 322, Jan.-Feb. 2011.
"[Concerning] Edward Said's infamous bracketing of Marx as merely a left-wing manifestation of nineteenth-century Orientalistm.....: The claims that Marxism is Eurocentric, Orientalist, deterministic, and teleological have not gone unanswered.... Marx at the Margins may not be the first to take on this task, but will doubtless be considered a touchstone of discussions on this subject, if not the definitive defense of Marxism for years to come."
-- Nagesh Rao, International Socialist Review
In his recent path-breaking work, Kevin Anderson demonstrates how Marx’s inquiries into the race/class dialectic, both in the US civil war and in Ireland’s struggle against British colonialism, led him to change his earlier hypothesis of society’s unilinear development and the progressive aspect of British colonialism. ...Especially in his studies of Russia and non-western formations (from 1857 to his 1879–1882 notes on indigenous peoples), Marx formulated a multilinear and non-reductionist theory of social change that did not focus exclusively on economic relations of production. Anderson concludes that Marx’s mature social theory “revolved around a concept of totality that not only offered considerable scope for particularity and difference but also on occasion made those particulars – race, ethnicity, or nationality – determinants for the totality.”
E. San Juan, Jr., author of Beyond Postcolonial Theory
Marx at the Margins is a book of tremendous scope, filled with important scholarly contributions, including Anderson’s highly original reading of Marx’s theory of history. In this truly ground-breaking work, Kevin Anderson analyzes Marx’s journalism and various unpublished writings on European colonialism and the developing countries for the first time, breaking the long-held stereotype that Marx was an incorrigible class and economic reductionist. Well-written in clear and accessible prose, Marx at the Margins proves that Anderson has mastered his material and that Marx himself is the sophisticated and original theorist of history some might not have ever expected him to be.”
Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles and author of Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity
Anderson makes the case that Marx’s theory of revolution began over time to concentrate more on the intersectionality of ethnicity, race, nationalism, and class. This contribution enhances the role that a Marxist analysis of class can play in contemporary discussions of critical race theory, theories of interculturality, and multicultural education.
Peter McLaren and Nathalia E. Jaramillo, authors of Pedagogy and praxis in the age of empire.
"Anderson may just have provided the burgeoning Marx industry with another major focus for its research and debates. Marx at the Margins reveals a dimension of Marx that is very little known and even less understood. Anderson makes an overwhelming case for the importance of Marx's views on non-Western societies, ethnicity, nationalism, and race to our interpretations of his thinking over a wide range of topics. This is an incredibly innovative, interesting, and terribly important book-one that will greatly benefit any of its readers."
-Bertell Ollman, New York University, author of Alienation
- International Editions: Persian translation: Tehran: Zherf Books, 2012.
- French translation: Marx aux Antipodes, Paris: Éditions Syllepse, 2015, with new introduction by Anderson.
- Japanese translation: Tokyo: Shakai Hyoron Sha, 2015, with new introduction by Anderson.
- Chinese translation: People's Publishing House, Beijing, forthcoming.
- Turkish translation: Istanbul: Versus Kitap, forthcoming.
- Indonesian translation: Jakarta: Insispress, forthcoming.