origins and structure of capitalism

George Snedeker snedeker at SPAMconcentric.net
Sat Jun 2 18:30:15 MDT 2001


I would like to recommend the work of Oliver C. Cox on the origins and
structure of the capitalist world system. Cox is perhaps better known, if he
is known at all, for his CASTE, CLASS AND RACE which he published in 1948.
in this work he presents a Marxist theory of racism. however, I would like
to recommend his three volume study of the capitalist world system: THE
ORIGINS OF CAPITALISM (1959), CAPITALISM AND AMERICAN LEADERSHIP (1962) and
CAPITALISM AS A SYSTEM (1964). all of  these are out of print. Cox made a
strong argument that primitive accumulation and imperialism were permanent
features of capitalism.    he was writing at the same time Amin was working
on his WORLD ACCUMULATION.  his over all discussion should be of interest. I
doubt very much if any of his work is available on a web page.






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