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The Limits to Capital

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The Limits to Capital provides one of the best theoretical guides to the history and geography of capitalist development.In this new edition, Harvey updates his classic text with a substantial discussion of the turmoil in world markets today.

In his analyses of ‘fictitious capital’ and ‘uneven geographical development’ Harvey takes the reader step by step through layers of
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Paperback, New Edition, 478 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Verso (first published 1982)
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Justin Evans
Feb 12, 2010 Justin Evans rated it did not like it
Shelves: history-etc
I sometimes disagree with the common opinion on books. Usually I'm right there with everyone else, waving a flag. Make no mistake, I'm a follower. But this? This baffles me. So many lefties think that this is the greatest book of all time that I was positive I'd get something out of it. I was pretty sure I understood Marx before I started this. And I'm pretty sure I understand Marx now. And I'm pretty sure that Harvey added absolutely nothing to my understanding of Marx.

(And just to be clear: I
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David Anderson
Jun 05, 2016 David Anderson rated it it was amazing
David Harvey's book is the best synthesis of Marx's contributions to political economy I've read, one that goes beyond "Capital" itself to incorporate insights from Marx's other works (such as the "Grundrisse" and "Theories of Surplus Value"). I turned to this work just after reading vol. 1 & 2 of "Capital" with the aid of Harvey's video lecture series; I'm so glad because I think it helped further consolidate my understanding of Marx's thought. While this is a tougher read than his "The Eni ...more
Malcolm
Feb 10, 2013 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
This has quite justifiably been elevated to the status of a ‘classic’. As Harvey states at the beginning of the introduction to the original edition, “Everyone who studies Marx, it is said, feels compelled to write a book about the experience.” This point is crucial: reading this in the second decade of the 21st century we need to remember that it was first published in 1982 while we were in the middle of a different set of debates about Marxist economics and theory. The dominant debate in acade ...more
Don
Apr 01, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
Harvey’s book, first published in 1982, represents a big segment of the project he has been working throughout his long career as a teacher – to make the later writings of Marx intelligible to a new audience.

It is a considerable challenge. The work he is particularly interested in has only one volume which was completed by Marx and published in his lifetime – what has come to be known as volume one of Capital. With its emphasis on the production of commodities under the conditions of capitalism
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Karlo Mikhail
Mar 14, 2015 Karlo Mikhail rated it it was amazing
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This book is breathtaking. David Harvey begins by tackling the limits of Marx's Capital and the debates by various Marxist theorists on its various aspects. This then becomes a springboard for Harvey to fashion a Marxist theory of finance capital and spatial arrangements. The book is heavy reading, especially for those new with Marxist political economy. But reading this is an enlightening experience and does much to provide a sound basis for explaining current developments in the world capitali ...more
Leonardo
Dec 22, 2015 Leonardo marked it as considering
Sobre el desarrollo desigual y las diferencias geográficas de la expansión capitalista.

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Chelsea Szendi
May 04, 2010 Chelsea Szendi rated it really liked it
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David Harvey reminds me of the hidden Christians of Tokugawa Japan, who performed their sacred rites clandestinely for the centuries in which their religion was banned. Harvey has been reading and using Marx through all those cold years (not so clandestinely, I guess), and one has to admire him for really reading Marx (not just adopting a Marxist line) even when it was out of fashion, and for producing an exciting Marxist work in such a hostile environment.

This work is of the analyze-Marx-to-fin
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Gill
Feb 18, 2009 Gill rated it it was amazing
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This may be one of the best books I've ever read... Although, I never finished it until after my hip operation when I was dosed up on pain relievers and red wine for a couple weeks and could let my mind roam in the amazingly thorough Marxist tome Harvey creates.

This is fundamental reading for those hoping to understand Marxism, space, and the modern economy.
Blaz Brihta
Aug 25, 2013 Blaz Brihta rated it it was amazing
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A demanding though rewarding read. I would recommend some basic knowledge of economic/Marxist terms before starting the book.
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Heard about the book here.
Tony Schmitt
Jul 28, 2014 Tony Schmitt rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a great book to help wrap your head around Marx this is it.
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Understanding Marx will straighten out your head.
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David Harvey (born 1935) is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). A leading social theorist of international standing, he graduated from University of Cambridge with a PhD in Geography in 1961. He is the world's most cited academic geographer (according to Andrew Bodman, see Transactions of the IBG, 1991,1992), and the author ...more
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