Was There No Superstructure in Ancient Rome?; Capitalism and the War on Drugs

Authors

  • Arthur D. Kahn
  • Charles S. Brant

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-041-09-1990-02_5

Keywords:

Ecology, Imperialism, Political Economy

Abstract

When I began reading Ellen Meiksin Wood's article "Oligarchic Democracy" (MR, July-August 1989), I was impressed by her astute and cogent review of the social order of the Late Roman Republic. Only when I reached the bottom of the third page of the eight-page article did I realize that she was reviewing my book. Indeed, with less than half of the eight pages dealing with this large tome, a work of twelve years with a bibliography running into thousands of titles, Ms. Wood's review is of necessity sketchy, and her readers may gain the impression that I make hyperbolic judgments not founded on closely investigated and detailed evidence. She ignores altogether two major and fundamental Marxist themes of the book. For lack of space I must treat them superficially.

Published

1990-02-05

Issue

Section

Correspondence

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