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Capital, the State, and War

Class Conflict and Geopolitics in the Thirty Years' Crisis, 1914-1945

Alexander Anievas (author)

ISBN: 9780472052110

Publication Date: Apr 2014

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

The history of the modern social sciences can be seen as a series of attempts to confront the challenges of social disorder and revolution wrought by the international expansion of capitalist social relations. In Capital, the State, and War, Alexander Anievas focuses on one particularly significant aspect of this story: the inter-societal origins of the two world wars, and, more broadly, the confluence of factors behind the Thirty Years’ Crisis between 1914 and 1945.
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The history of the modern social sciences can be seen as a series of attempts to confront the challenges of social disorder and revolution wrought by the international expansion of capitalist social relations. In Capital, the State, and War, Alexander Anievas focuses on one particularly significant aspect of this story: the inter-societal or geo-social origins of the two world wars, and, more broadly, the confluence of factors behind the Thirty Years’ Crisis between 1914 and 1945.

Anievas presents the Thirty Years’ Crisis as a result of the development of global capitalism with all its destabilising social and geopolitical consequences, particularly the intertwined and co-constitutive nature of imperial rivalries, social revolutions, and anti-colonial struggles. Building on the theory of “uneven and combined development,” he unites geopolitical and sociological explanations into a single framework, thereby circumventing the analytical stalemate between “primacy of domestic politics” and “primacy of foreign policy” approaches.

Anievas opens new avenues for thinking about the relations among security-military interests, the making of foreign policy, political economy and, more generally, the origins of war and the nature of modern international order.
Illustrations 7 tables
Pages 320
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2014
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics
Subject/s Economic systems & structures   Geopolitics  
Alexander Anievas is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.

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