History & Theory

This section deals with the major aspects of Marxist theory: dialectical materialism, historical materialism, Marxist economics, the class nature of the USSR, the colonial revolution, and more.

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An introduction to historical materialism - part three

Written by Alan Woods Thursday, 28 January 2016

civilisationIn the third part of his article on historical materialism Alan Woods takes a closer look at the earliest forms of class society.


An introduction to historical materialism - part two

Written by Alan Woods Thursday, 21 January 2016

Homo habilis

The whole of human history consists precisely in the struggle of humankind to raise itself above the animal level. This long struggle began seven million years ago, when our remote humanoid ancestors first stood upright and were able to free their hands for manual labour. Ever since then, successive phases of social development have arisen on the basis of changes in the development of the productive force of labour – that is to say, of our power over nature.


An introduction to historical materialism - part one

Written by Alan Woods Thursday, 14 January 2016

france 63022 960 720Today we begin the serialisation of a new work by Alan Woods, which provides a comprehensive explanation of the Marxist method of analysing history. This first article establishes the scientific basis of historical materialism. The ultimate cause of all social change is to be found, not in the human brain, but in changes in the mode of production.


“The Spanish Transition”: What really happened? A Marxist analysis - Part two

Written by David Rey Friday, 11 December 2015

pasionaria leader of the cpe shaking hands with adolfo suarez copy copyHere we publish the second part of our analysis of the revolutionary process around the Spanish Transition period at the end of the 1970s and in the early '80s.


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