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Capital, the state, and war : class conflict and geopolitics by Alexander Anievas

By Alexander Anievas

The background of the trendy social sciences will be obvious as a sequence of makes an attempt to confront the demanding situations of social disease and revolution wrought by way of the overseas enlargement of capitalist social family members. In "Capital, the kingdom, and War," Alexander Anievas makes a speciality of one fairly major point of this tale: the inter-societal or geo-social origins of the 2 international wars, and, extra widely, the confluence of things at the back of the Thirty Years hindrance among 1914 and 1945.

Anievas provides the Thirty Years main issue as a result improvement of world capitalism with all its destabilizing social and geopolitical outcomes, relatively the intertwined and co-constitutive nature of imperial rivalries, social revolutions, and anti-colonial struggles. development at the concept of asymmetric and mixed improvement, he unites geopolitical and sociological reasons right into a unmarried framework, thereby circumventing the analytical stalemate among primacy of family politics and primacy of overseas coverage approaches.

Anievas opens new avenues for brooding about the family members between security-military pursuits, the making of international coverage, political financial system and, extra ordinarily, the origins of battle and the character of recent foreign order."

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The destabilizing role of the uneven and interactive character of capitalist industrialization and its Rethinking Theories of the Two World Wars 33 relation to economic crisis, revolutionary nationalism, and domestic class conflict is not at all lost in his analysis (see esp. Hobsbawm 1987, chaps. 2, 3, 6, 12). Yet when narrowing in to explain the causes of the July 1914 crisis, Hobsbawm’s account runs into trouble. ” He throws doubt on the validity of the Fischerite “social imperialism” thesis and chastises proponents of that view for placing “responsibility” for war on the shoulders of German policymakers (1987, 309–­10, 323–­25).

29 The classical theories are seen as inapplicable not only to contemporary world politics30 but also to the epoch in which they were originally formulated (see Gindin and Panitch 2004; Halperin 2004; Teschke and Lacher 2007). In the historiographical debates on the two world wars, it is tempting to say that the closest thing to a strong “consensus” historians have reached is that the classical Marxist theories have little if anything to offer (cf. Gordon 1974, 206; McDonough 1997, 36–­37; Strachan 2001, 100; Hamilton and Herwig 2003; but see Joll and Martel 2007).

In the midst of crisis, war became an “instrument of domestic policy”—­a means to secure and stabilize political order through diversionary tactics (Mayer 1981, 305). The Old Regime thesis thus represents an extreme version of the Primat der Innenpolitik, focusing almost exclusively on the destabilizing socioeconomic and political pressures within European nation-­states. The key difference between the Sonderweg and Old Regime explanations is the latter’s strong state qua state assumption. It was not only the German state which was ruled by prebourgeois and preindustrial elites, but all European states.

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