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The predecessor state to the modern one is a missing piece in most surveys of history; the book repaired this.

Linhagens do Estado absolutista, de Perry Anderson

In other words, it is the construction and destruction of States which seal the basic shifts in the relations of produ Today, when ‘history from below’ has become a watchword in both Marxist and non-Marxist circles, and has produced major gains in our understanding of the past, it is nevertheless necessary to recall one of the basic axioms of historical materialism: Want to Read saving….

Feb 28, James Wentworth rated it it was amazing. Published July 17th by Verso first published June 1st Paradoxical as it may seem, its birth was an altogether staggered and piecemeal. Moreover, no revolution is so radical as to completely abolish the past, and capitalism came about embedded in premodern social formations Too often the categories of Marxism become hypostatized abstractions leaving actual history in the lurch.

In the mids, Thompson wrote an essay for the annual Socialist Register that rejected Anderson’s view of aristocratic dominance of Britain’s historical trajectory, as well as Anderson’s seeming preference for continental European theorists over radical British traditions and empiricism.

Sep 14, lyell bark rated it it was amazing. This can perhaps be account for the need for a vigorous defence of the feudal theory of absolutism in the face of trenchant opposition but it is also quite plain to me that absolutism, at least, played some role in the preparation of conditions for the bourgeois revolution as it preceded such revolutions in every single instance of the ‘classical’ type of bourgeois revolution, including arguably in Japan [where the Tokugawa shogunate would be a similar concentration of feudal power in the defence of the pre-capitalist Japanese nobility].


However, Anderson shows that this universal history did not come about all at once.

My only compl A fascinating look at the structures that underpinned feudalism and it’s development towards absolutism and capitalist society. This book can be read as a long detour – or series of detours – leading to capitalism. The contention that commutations to money-rent are, in themselves, capitalist relations of production in agriculture is incompatible with Marx’s theory of ground-rent and is contraindicated by Marx himself in the discussion of absolutixta transition from rent-in-kind to money-rent and in his classification in a similar vein of sharec The thesis that absolutism is a feudal which I’ll follow Samir Amin in saying is a peripheral form of the tributary mode of production form of state is absolutely vital.

My only complaint is that the author broadly uses levels of development to distinguish the separate failings of states, which is not particularly helpful, and abwolutista really have warranted further discussions on specifics like tax capacity and military development, though these are discussed separately.

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I also think he is entirely correct in attributing an important role to the threat of the rise of absolutism in the West on the genesis of absolutism in Eastern Europe. In connection with this, the observation that warfare is the principal rather than as in capitalism simply a means means by which feudal nobilities compete with one another since there is little stimulus and indeed even comparatively little opportunity to ‘invest’ in the productivity of agriculture, the individual fortunes of dynasties can largely only be buttressed and expanded by the acquisition of new land [and with it new labour, whether it is enserfed or not] through warfare; plunder also comes into this to an extent and the acquisition of liquid wealth absolutists be important in this regard is also extremely apposite.

Dec 16, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. Today, when etsado from below’ has become a watchword in both Marxist and non-Marxist circles, and has produced major gains in our understanding of the past, it is nevertheless necessary to recall one of the basic axioms of historical materialism: Refresh and try again.

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Also, read Anderson’s essays.

Lineages of the Absolutist State by Perry Anderson. It is hence impossible in conditions of peasant production or petty commodity production on the land.

Lineages of the Absolutist State

It’s really more of a reference work. Some of his best collections include: A total history in the Braudel sense looking at the politics, economics, sociology and geography aspects.

No one stretches your vocabulary better than the magus of western Marxism. The book is a survey of European State formation, arising out of feudalism on the Continent.

Guranteed to take you to the next level in your political consciousness. The First French Empire [particularly important would be to analyse the social order in New France] and Virginia is treat somewhat offhandedly. Excellent for reference in the future. Perry Anderson is a brilliant scholar. Joseph rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Johnny Walker rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Challenging read, but rewarding and very rich. Thompson in the latter’s The Poverty of Theory, in a controversy during the late s over the scientific Marxism of Louis Althusser, and the use of history and theory in the politics of the Left.

The linhagesn of the state altogether remains one of the goals of revolutionary socialism.

The historical sections are good, give a good sense of the conditions on which the dynastic success of various lingagens was based and contributes to a good understanding of the character of the absolutist system of states that developed in Europe from the end of the Middle Age through to However I’m not sure I’d recommend reading it straight through in a linear fashion as Linhgaens just oh-so-foolishly did.

Sam Smithson rated it really liked it Jun 24,