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Theory is History by Samir Amin (auth.)

By Samir Amin (auth.)

This booklet makes a speciality of a significant idea that “Theory is History”, because the idea of capitalism can purely be formulated at the foundation of an research of its background. by contrast, bourgeois pondering replaces the research of historic capitalism with an summary conception with none hyperlinks to fact. “Economics”, that is the speculation of an imaginary process, then turns into an apologia meant to provide legitimacy to the behaviour of the vendors of capital. the writer will pay unique recognition to the globalization of the legislations of price. the person chapters illustrate the author’s thesis by means of targeting the hyperlinks among capital and land possession, among modernity and spiritual interpretation, and on questions of the worldwide growth of capitalism, quite the methods it has developed in convinced international locations, as a consequence Russia and China. This anthology supplementations the author’s past paintings, focused at the upward push of the South—his examining of capitalism targeting its imperialist nature.

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He is therefore not really a commodity producer. , ground rent, or a return on his capital; he is reduced, owing to the domination of capital, to the value of his labor power or frequently to even less. Productivity gains induced by the vaunted improvement brought about by agricultural extension services are immediately taken back through price deterioration. 4 The Domination of Agriculture by the Capitalist Mode of Production 29 of this situation are known: the wastage of land through mining exploitation, the peasants’ resistance to proposed ‘modernization,’ and so on.

4 The Domination of Agriculture by the Capitalist Mode of Production 25 accumulation and unequal development. 15 Possibly because of its recent origin, this formulation, in spite of its wealth of ideas, does not come readily enough to mind when one is dealing with particular aspects of underdevelopment. , ultimately determines the nature of the components of that system. In other words, we would be making a fundamental mistake if each time we studied a particular phenomenon of the Third World, we looked for its ‘cause’ in the Third World itself instead of placing it within the dialectic of the world system.

The outlines of the theory of the center and the periphery in the world system have now been developed. 4 The Domination of Agriculture by the Capitalist Mode of Production 25 accumulation and unequal development. 15 Possibly because of its recent origin, this formulation, in spite of its wealth of ideas, does not come readily enough to mind when one is dealing with particular aspects of underdevelopment. , ultimately determines the nature of the components of that system. In other words, we would be making a fundamental mistake if each time we studied a particular phenomenon of the Third World, we looked for its ‘cause’ in the Third World itself instead of placing it within the dialectic of the world system.

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