Just Published: David Norman Smith’s Review of Marx at the Margins in Rethinking Marxism
Marx’s perspective on the multicultural world in which capital achieves systemic ascendancy has not yet been fully mapped either culturally or geopolitically. Capital’s ‘‘metabolism’’ with the environing social world has been affirmed in principle and, anthropologically, in terms of the articulation of modes of production. But Marx at the Margins is the first book to delve deeply into this problem on two key levels: with respect to Marx’s views on premodern and non-Western cultures and, second, with respect to the national independence struggles of Marx’s day (most notably in Poland and Ireland). The author also probes Marx’s thinking on the proslavery movement that precipitated the American Civil War of 1861-65.