[Marxism] The Brenner thesis and L* P*

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Sun Oct 30 17:49:56 MST 2005

rrubinelli wrote:
> To criticize Brenner on the content, the quality of historical analysis
> is one thing.  To criticize Brenner because he focuses on that specific
> period rather than the period of Cromwell

It is precisely the Cromwell period that is the focus of _Merchants &
Rebels_ -- and the fascinating feature of that book is the explanation
it gives of how _one_ powerful group of merchants stuck with the crown,
while another powerful group of merchants were the driving power of the

And of course the main use Wood makes of it is to critique the core of
capitalist ideology, the thesis that capitalism _naturally_ emerged from
history and to establish the core Marxian thesis of the historicity of


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