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Cataclysm 1914
The First World War and the Making of Modern World Politics
This collection argues that the First World War—and its consequences—was perhaps the defining moment of 20th century world-politics.
Cataclysm 1914 brings together a number of leftist scholars from a variety of fields to explore the many different aspects of the origins, trajectories and consequences of the First World War. The collection not only aims to examine the war itself, but seeks to visualize the conflict and all of its immediate consequences (such as the Bolshevik Revolution and the ascendancy of US hegemony) as a defining moment in 20th century world politics, a moment which ruptured and reconstituted the 'modern' epoch in its many instantiations.

Contributors are: Alexander Anievas, Shelley Baranowski, Neil Davidson, Geoff Eley, Sandra Halperin, Esther Leslie, Lars T. Lih, Domenico Losurdo, Wendy Matsumura, Peter D. Thomas, Adam Tooze, Alberto Toscano, and Enzo Traverso
Reviews
  • Praise for Anievas’ previous work:

    How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism

    "A fascinating tour de force that will surely be debated in the fields of history, sociology, Marxism and International Relations for years to come"
    —Justin Rosenberg, Professor in International Relations at the University of Sussex

    "This rigorously argued book presents a compelling challenge to standard narratives of capitalist modernity. The authors combine theoretical sophistication and a wide-ranging account of extra-European histories to provide a superb - and provocative - alternative"
    —Gurminder K Bhambra, author of Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury)

    Marxism and World Politics

    "Easily the best introduction to the diversity and richness of contemporary Marxist theory in International Relations and an important resource for anyone seeking to make sense of the relations between capitalism and geopolitics today."
    —Mark Laffey, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • Praise for Anievas’ previous work:

    How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism

    "A fascinating tour de force that will surely be debated in the fields of history, sociology, Marxism and International Relations for years to come"
    —Justin Rosenberg, Professor in International Relations at the University of Sussex

    "This rigorously argued book presents a compelling challenge to standard narratives of capitalist modernity. The authors combine theoretical sophistication and a wide-ranging account of extra-European histories to provide a superb - and provocative - alternative"
    —Gurminder K Bhambra, author of Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury)

    Marxism and World Politics

    "Easily the best introduction to the diversity and richness of contemporary Marxist theory in International Relations and an important resource for anyone seeking to make sense of the relations between capitalism and geopolitics today."
    —Mark Laffey, SOAS, University of London, UK