[Marxism] Fwd: Historical Sociology and World History: Uneven and Combined Development over the Longue Durée, Edited by Alexander Anievas and Kamran Matin, 9781783486816 | Rowman & Littlefield

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 1 06:12:04 MDT 2016

The concept of 'uneven and combined development' was originally coined 
by Leon Trotsky to theorise Tsarist Russia's distinctive experience of 
modernity and revolution. But it has re-emerged over the last decade or 
so as a burgeoning research programme within International Relations 
(IR) and historical sociology. It has been critically and creatively 
deployed in two main areas: the provision of a sociological foundation 
to international theory overcoming the chronic schism between 
‘sociological’ and ‘geopolitical’ modes of enquiry; and, relatedly, in 
superseding prevailing Eurocentric approaches in the social sciences.

This volume is the first to provide a sustained reflection on the idea 
of uneven and combined development as the intellectual basis for a 
non-Eurocentric social theory of ‘the international’. It does so through 
a series of empirically rich and theoretically informed analyses of 
socio-historical change, political transformation, and intersocietal 
conflict over the longue durée. The volume thereby aims to demonstrate 
the unique potentials of uneven and combined development in overcoming 
IR and historical sociology’s shared inability to theorize the 
interactive and multilinear character of development.


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