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The Limits to Capital

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An exciting, insightful exposition and development of Marx�s critique of political economy.

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 capita

Paperback, New Edition, 478 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Verso (first published 1982)
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Justin Evans
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.

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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
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...more
Chelsea Szendi
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...more
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
A demanding though rewarding read. I would recommend some basic knowledge of economic/Marxist terms before starting the book.
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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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