Late Marx and the Russian "Periphery of Capitalism"

Authors

  • Teodor Shanin

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-035-02-1983-06_2

Keywords:

Marxism, Political Economy

Abstract

Much has been written in the last decades about the differences (or lack of them) between the young and the mature Marx. On the other hand, study of the development of Marx's thought during the last decade of his life has been neglected. This holds true also for the interpretation of his long public silence of those days, unless the often repeated comment of Mehring about Marx's "slow death" is accepted as good enough, even though it flies in the face of the evidence discovered since Mehring's time, i.e., more than thirty thousand pages of notes, extensive commentaries, etc. This is unfortunate, for it was during this period, following the publication in 1867 of the first volume of Capital, that we find major evidence of how little its author was constrained by his own formulas as well as of new directions in which his views changed in response to new conditions and ongoing study.

Published

1983-06-02

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