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The Brenner Debate by T.H. Aston
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it was amazing

You don't have to subscribe to everything Brenner argues before coming to appreciate him as a scholar.

Having had the pleasure of sitting under perhaps one of the most distinguished Marxist scholars of today, I was able to engage both the scholar and the man behind the "mode of production" theory.

This volume is comprised of perspectives from various scholars in support of and opposed to Brenner's Marxist theory. It is helpful, therefore, to read Brenner's thesis carefully--perhaps twice--before delving into those who refute it.

The basic premise of Brenner's thesis is simple: in Marxist vein, Brenner sees history in transitional blocks. From feudalism to capitalism, the shifts in the "modes of production" guided the transition from an agricultural society to an industrial organization. It will be no surprise to see where he believes this current will take us: socialism.

Brenner is a first-rate scholar and an open-minded critic. There aren't many who share the academic acumen of Brenner and to know Brenner is to know Marx.
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