[Marxism] Re: Asiatic mode of production

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sat Oct 8 16:03:58 MDT 2005


 >Read Perry Anderson's appendix on this in "Lineages of the Absolutist
State" or what Jim Blaut wrote in "Colonizer's Model of the World".  
China
and Asia were feudal societies, just like Western Europe. Also, the MIA
introduction to "Preface to a Contribution to the Critique of Political
Economy" states that M & E  dropped the idea of a distinct Asiatic mode  
of
production after 1857, and kept four basic forms: tribal, ancient,  
feudal,
and capitalist.

This concept can't yet be a dead dog if NYU's Department of East Asian  
Studies offers it as one of eight courses, even allowing for its  
possible fascination with the professor. Here is the short description  
of the course followed by a syllabus.

The Asiatic Mode of Production: Theory & History
G33.2530. 4 points. Karl.
This course investigates aspects of the historical interpretation of  
China and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the genesis  
and development of one of the most debated and enduring tropes of the  
historiography of Asia: the Asiatic Mode of Production.

Here is the pdf file of the course:
http://www.nyu.edu/pages/east.asian.studies/courses/descriptions/ 
graduate/G33.2530.pdf

and here is the html of the pdf file:
http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:ALxlKweXafkJ:www.nyu.edu/pages/ 
east.asian.studies/courses/descriptions/graduate/ 
G33.2530.pdf+%22perry+anderson%22+asiatic+grundrisse&hl=en
OR http://makeashorterlink.com/?J160212FB


BTW, the MIA's brief note, based on an aside by Engels, claiming that  
Marx and Engels "DROPPED" the notion of an Asiatic Mode of Production  
is much too strong. Not bringing up the subject again hardly amounts to  
"dropping." Here is Engels's statement and the MIA note.
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1859/critique-pol-economy/ 
preface.htm

Brian Shannon





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