Property and Power

Towards a Non-Marxian Historical Materialism

  • Leszek Nowak

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLU, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. On the Necessity of Socialism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. The Marxian Method

    3. The Marxian Ambiguity. A Proposal for a Non-Marxian Theory of Socio-Economic Formation

    4. The Limitations of Marx’s Discoveries.The Generalization of Historical Materialism

    5. The Fundamental Mistake of Marx and the Theory of Socialist Evolution

  3. On the Necessity of Socialism in Russia. Towards the Materialist Reinterpretation of the Marxist Image of Russia’s History

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 379-386

About this book


THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE: THE POLISH ROAD FROM SOCIALISM ON 1. The history of all hitherto existing societies is a history of class struggle - not only that between the exploited and the exploiters, but also that between the ruled and the rulers. And in modern times, there is in some societies a struggle between those who are exploited and oppressed at the same time and those who at the same time exploit and oppress. 2. The struggle between the owners and the direct producers results from the fact that the former exploit the latter, that is, they take from their labour more than they give back. It is possible since only they, the exploiters, have a monopoly of the disposal over the m~ans of production, and the major part of society must provide them with their labour force. Increasing exploitation finally leads to the revolution of the masses -and the owners are forced to make concessions in order to avoid re-occurrences.


1917 Class struggle ETA Marx development historical materialism methodology property revolution socialism

Authors and affiliations

  • Leszek Nowak
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyPoznań UniversityPoland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1595-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6949-0
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