Against the Grain

Farmers, Elites, and Class Society

Was the emergence of capitalism a preordained affair?  Was it natural and inevitable that capitalism developed in England and spread to the rest of the world, as conventional accounts would have it?  Or was capitalism’s emergence contingent, arising out of social conflict in the countryside?  Marxist scholars Christopher Isett and Stephen Miller explore what the history of agriculture can teach us about class society in general — and capitalism in particular.

Resources:

Christopher Isett and Stephen Miller, The Social History of Agriculture From the Origins to the Current Crisis Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

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