This book is about the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is about why that collapse (and the collapse of the rest of the former Soviet bloc) signified neither the end nor the beginning of a world historic era, but was, rather, an integral part of the changes that are going on in the world economic system. The book, therefore, carries an argument about international political economy and its effect on the state rather than about a particular area or a particular economy.
KeywordsProductive Force Production Relation Economic Structure Soviet Bloc Social Upheaval
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- 1.Orthodox historical materialism has been cogently expounded by, inter alia, G. A. Cohen. This introductory note draws extensively on his account set out in Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)Google Scholar
- G. A. Cohen History, Labour and Freedom: Themes from Marx (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988)Google Scholar
- G. A. Cohen ‘Forces and Relations of Production’ in J. Roemer (ed.), Analytical Marxism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986). I am attracted to it as an internally consistent and rigorous statement of the historical materialist case. Whether historical materialism is a useful and revealing method of analysis in the context I have chosen is for the reader to decide.Google Scholar
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