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Historical Materialism

The Historical Materialism Book Series is a major publishing initiative of the radical left. The capitalist crisis of the twenty-first century has been met by a resurgence of interest in critical Marxist theory. At the same time, the publishing institutions committed to Marxism have contracted markedly since the high point of the 1970s.

The Historical Materialism Book Series is dedicated to addressing this situation by making available important works of Marxist theory. The aim of the series is to publish important theoretical contributions as the basis for vigorous intellectual debate and exchange on the left. The peer-reviewed series publishes original monographs, translated texts, and reprints of classics across the bounds of academic disciplinary agendas and across the divisions of the left. The series is particularly concerned to encourage the internationalization of Marxist debate and aims to translate significant studies from beyond the English-speaking world.


  • The Communist International and U.S. Communism, 1919 - 1929

    For most commentators the Comintern’s role in the development of American Communism is wholly negative. Zumoff challenges this narrative.
  • Rethinking the Industrial Revolution

    The feudal state is often viewed as a passive actor in the rise of capitalism. Žmolek here corrects the record.
  • Red October

    Using extensive field data from hundreds of interviews, Webber surveys the origins of Bolivia's revolutionary wave of 2000 to 2005.
  • Marxism and the Oppression of Women

    Decades after initial publication, Vogel's book remains an essential contribution to the development of a materialist theory of gender oppression.
  • Western Marxism and the Soviet Union

    A wide-ranging survey of debates within Marxism about the Soviet Union in the twentieth century.
  • Marx’s Capital

    When he died, Marx left his opus Capital unfinished. But how incomplete was the project? This volume offers the first comprehensive answer.

  • The Types of Economic Policies Under Capitalism

    One of the most important works of the legendary Japanese Marxist, Kôzô Uno, finally available in English translation.
  • Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy

    Insightful and groundbreaking, Twiss’s account of Trotsky’s theory of post-revolutionary bureaucracy will soon become the definitive work on the subject.
  • The Red International of Labour Unions (RILU) 1920 - 1937

    The first major scholarly account of one of the international communist movement’s most important organizations.
  • Time in Marx

    An original reading of the logic of all three volumes of Capital which takes time as its starting point.
  • Marx's Temporalities

    Tomba brilliantly demonstrates how capital places diverse temporalities into hierarchies that incessantly produce and reproduce new forms of class struggle
  • The Gramscian Moment

    Though claimed by disparate schools of thought, Peter Thomas shows Gramsci is best understood as deepening the classical Marxist tradition.
  • Global Political Economy and the Modern State System

    In this ambitious and masterful polemic ten Brink contributes to an understanding of the modern state-system, its conflicts and transformation
  • The Popular Front Novel in Britain, 1934-1940

    This book explores the cultural formation of the anti-fascist Popular Front strategy in Britain and proposes a new framework for reading British fiction of this period.
  • The Communist Movement at a Crossroads

    Edited by Mike Taber

    An invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the Communist movement, this volume collects the proceedings and resolutions of the ECCI

  • Splendour, Misery, and Possibilities

    Suvin’s ‘X-Ray’ of Socialist Yugoslavia offers an indispensable overview of a unique and often overlooked twentieth-century socialism
  • Marx's Capital, Method and Revolutionary Subjectivity

    Marx´s Capital, Method and Revolutionary Subjectivity develops a materialist inquiry into the social and historical determinations of revolutionary subjectivity
  • Crisis and Contradiction

    In this wide-ranging collection, experts from around the world analyze political and economic trends in Latin America since the 1990s.
  • Globalization

    A systemic account of capitalist globalization, and an elaboration of a socialist alternative.
  • Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism

    An original and convincing political and philosophical argument that capitalism—even when highly regulated—will always breed massive inequality

  • British Communism and the Politics of Race

    A ground-breaking examination of how the Communist Party of Great Britain helped shape the anti-racist movement in the U.K.

  • Lenin and the Logic of Hegemony

    Using Gramsci’s concept of ‘hegemony’ Alan Shandro offers an original interpretation of Lenin’s political practice and theory.
  • Revolutionary Marxism in Spain 1930-1937

    In this well researched account of the Spanish Revolution, Sennett unearths the often under-appreciated influence of Trotsky upon the POUM
  • Beyond Marx

    A wide ranging and deeply engaged examination of the role slaves and unfree workers play in the global capitalist economy.
  • Marxism in a Lost Century

    The first political and intellectual biography of the founder of the American version of council communism, Paul Mattick
  • On the Road to Global Labour History

    Edited by Karl Heinz Roth

    A comprehensive overview of the discipline of global labour history, including wide-ranging case studies which take into account the local, regional, and continental processes of the working class.

  • The Revolutionary Marxism of Antonio Gramsci

    In this wide-ranging and engaging evaluation of Gramsci’s political thought, Rosengraten focuses on the Sardinian’s legacy and lasting influence.
  • Communards and Other Cultural Histories

    A wide-ranging collection of essays from Adrian Rifkin, covering cultural production, urbanism, and social conflict from a critical Marxist perspective.
  • Toward the United Front

    Edited by John Riddell
    The proceedings of the last congress of the Communist International in which Lenin participated, now at last available in English
  • To the Masses

    Edited by John Riddell
    The proceedings and resolutions of the third congress of the Communist International available in translation for the first time.
  • The Conspiracy of Modern Art

    Internationally renowned Brazilian critic and art-historian Luiz Renato Martins presents an innovative new account of modern art from David to Abstract Expressionism.

  • Theories of Ideology

    Theories of Ideology is sure to become the point of reference for all future scholarly attempts to understand ideology.
  • Max Weber: Modernisation as Passive Revolution

    Originally published in German, this volume makes available in English the definitive Marxist critique of Max Weber’s politics and method.
  • The Politics of Transindividuality

    In this stimulating and wide-ranging study, Jason Read uses the concept of transindividuality to re-examine social relation sand subjectivity.
  • The Preobrazhensky Papers: Archival Documents and Materials

    The documents in this volume, newly discovered and translated into English for the first time, reveal a previously unknown Preobrazhensky.
  • The American Road to Capitalism

    Most historians assume that American capitalism was either imported or the result of market expansion. Post proves otherwise.
  • From the Vanguard to the Margins

    Mark Pittaway was the pre-eminent historian of contemporary Hungary. This volume collects his most important work.
  • The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader

    Covering Wood's scholarship in various fields, this reader serves as an introduction to one of the most important contemporary Marxists.
  • Revolutionary Teamsters

    Engaging and well researched, Revolutionary Teamsters is the story of a strike that sparked the labor upsurge of the 1930s
  • Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. I)

    Marxism and Historical Practice bring together essays written by one of the major Marxist historians of the last fifty years.
  • Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. II)

    Marxism and Historical Practice bring together essays written by one of the major Marxist historians of the last fifty years
  • The Practical Essence of Man

    This book depicts in detail the rise and fall of a remarkable phenomenon in Soviet Marxism: ‘The Activity Approach.’
  • The Mismeasure of Wealth

    A wide-ranging collection of essays dealing with Marx's key insights in political economy and the historical materialist method
  • The Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party, 1899-1904

    Edited by Richard Mullin
    Everyone has read Lenin’s ‘What is to Be Done.’ Now everyone can read the contributions of his political interlocutors.
  • Marx's Capital and Hegel's Logic

    Edited by Fred Moseley and Tony Smith
    Marxist economists and philosophers debate the impact of Hegel on Marx, and the insights gained by reading Hegel through Marx.
  • Marx's Economic Manuscript of 1864-1865

    Edited by Fred Moseley
    With this volume, Marxist scholars can finally compare Engels’s Volume III with Marx’s original manuscript and evaluate the differences.
  • Money and Totality

    Correcting a longstanding misinterpretation, Moseley argues that there is no ‘transformation problem’ in Marx’s economic theory.
  • Plural Temporality

    In this original and insightful new take on Spinoza, Morfino convincingly argues that materialist philosophers must base themselves on Althusser.
  • The Government of Time

    This volume seeks to provide new resources for understanding the specificity of historical time by studying the articulation of the real, plural temporalities of mass political action. 

  • Between Equal Rights

    Mieville critically examines existing theories of international law and offers a compelling alternative Marxist view.
  • Monsters of the Market

    Everywhere the Market goes it spawns monsters in its wake. From Frankenstein, to Zombies, McNally analyzes these creatures of Capitalism.
  • Marx and Social Justice

    A detailed and comprehensive overview of the ethical, political, and economic foundations of Marx’s theory of social justice in his early and later writings. 

  • Theory as Critique

    Theory as Critique argues that the key to understanding Marx’s Capital lies in viewing it as a critique of economic theory.

  • The New Left, National Identity, and the Break-Up of Britain

    Though often seen as marginal, Matthews' engaging analysis shows that national questions were considered crucial by the British New Left.
  • The Long Roots of Formalism in Brazil

    The present studies on Brazilian modern art seek to specify some of the dominant contradictions of capitalism’s combined but uneven development as these appear from the global ‘periphery’.

  • Time, Capitalism, and Alienation

    Martineau challenges us to see ‘Time’ not as an objective reality, but as something structured by power and property relations.
  • The October Revolution in Prospect and Retrospect

    Using Robert Brenner's analysis of capitalism's origins as a framework, Marot examines Soviet attempts at building a post-capitalist society.
  • The Petrograd Workers in the Russian Revolution

    Two definitive works on the early days of the Russian Revolution, now collected in one captivating volume.

  • The Capitalist Cycle

    Originally published in 1928, this title remains a classic work of Marxist economics.
  • Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism

    Although Alasdair MacIntyre is best known today as the author of After Virtue (1981), he was, in the 1950s and 1960s, one of the most erudite...

  • The Culture of People's Democracy

    The first volume in an effort to make available to an english speaking audience the full breadth of Luckács work
  • The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx

    The ideas of Marx's early writings come alive in this important examination of their lasting relevance.
  • The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán

    The key texts by a brilliant, yet neglected, Marxist thinker made available for the first time in English.
  • Plebeian Power

    Before becoming Bolivia's vice-president, Álvaro García Linera was one of Latin America's foremost intellectuals. This is his most famous work.
  • Lenin Rediscovered

    Lars T. Lih revolutionizes the conventional interpretation of Lenin's classic, included here in an authoritative new translation.
  • Gramsci's Pathways

    Liguori investigates the pathways of Gramsci’s thinking, bringing us closer to an author who is more ‘widely-known’ than understood.
  • The Crisis of Ugliness

    An essential text in the history of Marxist art theory, available in English for the first time
  • Dialectics of the Ideal

    Edited by Alex Levant and Vesa Oittinen
    Activity Theory and 'Creative' Soviet-Marxism are still overlocked by contemporary theorists. This volume is a correction to this tragic omission.
  • A Marxist Philosophy of Language

    The construction of a Marxist theory of language as a social, material and political phenomenon .
  • Following Marx

    Marx insisted that 'in competition everything is reversed'--this title shows how Marx's method explains why.
  • The American Exceptionalism of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940

    Few figures in the history of the American Left can claim a more significant and yet contradictory legacy as Jay Lovestone.

    Lovestone and his...

  • Financialization in Crisis

    Edited by Costas Lapavitsas
    Bringing together well-known political-economists this volume puts the crisis into perspective by analyzing the domestic and international aspects of financialisation.
  • Marxist Monetary Theory

    A pathway to Marxist monetary theory, through the papers of one of the field's pre-eminent scholars.
  • Politics and Philosophy

    Often portrayed as an aloof philosopher, Lahtinen argues that his work on Machiavelli reveals Althusser's deep commitment to political practice
  • What Went Wrong? The Nicaraguan Revolution

    An indispensable reexamination of the failures of the Nicaraguan Revolution, by one of the most important Marxist-historians of Latin America.
  • Marx's Theory of the Genesis of Money

    In this volume, Kuruma analyses Marx's approach to the commodity and money in the first two chapters of Capital, vol I., including a discussion of the theory of the value-form and other important theoretical questions posed by Marx.

  • Karl Marx

    A bracing, concise, and accessible overview of the entirety of Marx’s thought, by a major figure of twentieth-century Western Marxism.
  • The Clash of Globalizations

    This work addresses the politics of globalization and the rise of anti-capitalist movements.
  • The Postcolonial Orient

    In this incisive and impeccably researched critique of Postcolonialism, Kaiwar argues that subaltern studies itself is marred by orientalism.
  • Reform, Revolution and Direct Action amongst British Miners

    In this riveting monograph, Ives offers a new perspective on one of the most volatile periods in British labor history.
  • Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

    Marx is often accused of condemning Capitalism without clearly mapping an alternative. This work sets out to dispute those charges.
  • Working-Class Politics in the German Revolution

    An authoritative and engaging political biography of one of the most important, yet largely unknown, leaders of the German revolution.
  • A Jewish Communist in Weimar Germany

    A riveting biography of one of German Communism's most important, if little studied rank and file leaders.

  • Marx Worldwide

    Examining how Marxism has been received and developed beyond Europe, this work asserts the continuing global relevance of tradition.
  • Degeneration and Revolution

    An important reexamination of the cultural left in Germany during the Weimer period.
  • Philosophy After Marx

    Marx was among the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. Henning shows he was also the most misinterpreted.
  • Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic

    An extraordinary collection of pieces from the three plus decade career of one of Britain’s most important Marxist art-historians.
  • The French Revolution and Historical Materialism

    An essential new contribution to the debate about how Marxists should understand the French Revolution

  • Looking for The Proletariat

    The first ever English-language history of the influential French revolutionary group Socialisme ou Barbarie.
  • The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917

    A timely reassessment and detailed history of the epic uprising that toppled the tsarist monarchy and ushered in the next stage of the Russian Revolution.

  • The Politics of Style

    An ambitious intervention, asserting the importance of a Marxist interpretation of literary style and moving towards a new Marxist poetics.
  • Selected Essays of Nigel Harris

    The key works of one of the most prolific and insightful Marxist economists of the second half of the twentieth century.

  • Althusser and Theology

    Edited by Agon Hamza
    A major contribution to Althusser scholarship, as well as to our understanding of the Left’s relation to religion and theology.
  • On the Formation of Marxism

    In this gripping new intellectual biography, Jukka Gronow examines Karl Kautsky’s influence on the European labor movement.
  • Revolution, Defeat and Theoretical Underdevelopment

    A wide-ranging and critical examination of twentieth-century revolutionary movements across four major ideological traditions and countries.
  • Impersonal Power

    A critique of structural-functionalist theories of the state.
  • Critical Marxism in Mexico

    A seminal work of interpretation, introducing English speaking readers to two of Mexico’s leading theorists.
  • The Thatcherite Offensive

    In The Thatcherite Offensive, Alexander Gallas provides a class-centered, Neo-Poulantzan political analysis of Thatcherism.
  • The German Left and the Weimar Republic

    An indispensable collection of newly translated documents from the Left in Weimer Germany—many available for the first time.
  • Marx and the Earth

    In this compelling anti-critique the founders of the Eco-socialist school of thought respond to their chief intellectual detractors.
  • A Failed Parricide

    An Oedipal drama for the ages, played out through philosophical polemics, with a twist that haunts history to this day.
  • In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg

    Long maligned by scholars of Communist history, this volume lets Paul Levi's writings during the German Revolution speak for themselves.
  • The History of Italian Marxism

    A compelling analysis of how Marx's ideas were received in Italy from the 1860s through the First World War
  • Althusser

    A critical account of Althusser's contribution to Marxist theory.
  • Warped

    With same-sex marriage now a national right, this timely volume insists on the continuation of the struggle for LGBT rights.
  • The Origin of Capitalism in England 1400-1600

    A spirited defense of Brenner’s thesis about the origins of capitalism in the English countryside based on original archival research.
  • The Prisms of Gramsci

    Del Roio argues, against prevailing wisdom, that throughout Gramsci's life there existed a total continuity between political-praxis and philosophical reflection
  • Witnesses to Permanent Revolution

    The early debates about the contradictions of combined and uneven development, brought to life by a new translation of leading Marxists.
  • Discovering Imperialism

    From 1898–1916 the leading lights of international marxism debated the nature of imperialism. This volume collects and translates these discussions.
  • Responses to Marx's Capital

    The essential collection of early documents—most translated for the first time—responding to Karl Marx’s Capital

  • Antonio Gramsci

    This engrossing political biography aims to lift Gramsci’s legacy out of the sterile debates that have endured since his death.
  • Studies On Pre-Capitalist Modes of Production

    This collection represents a wide-ranging and important new contribution to the historical debate of how to understand pre-capitalist societies.
  • Otto Bauer (1881-1938)

    A stirring, ground breaking, political biography of the most important leader of the Austrian Social Democratic Workers Party’s, Otto Bauer.
  • Art History as Social Praxis

    The key writings of one of the most important and unorthodox Marxists to study modern art.

  • Gramsci's Political Thought

    One of the most succinct and theoretically focused introductions to the thought of Antonio Gramsci available internationally.
  • The Rhythm of Thought in Gramsci

    An innovative new interpretation of Gramsci's thought and his place in the Marxist tradition.
  • Trotsky's Challenge

    The debates surrounding the publication of Trotsky’s Lessons of October are here collected, translated, and explained for the first time.
  • Finance Capital Today

    This book presents a rich new analysis of the specific features of contemporary capitalism, notably its global nature and financialization.
  • Gramsci and Languages

    A ground breaking study that shows Gramsci's originality can be traced to his lifelong interest in language and linguistics.
  • Behind the Crisis

    Many academics have dismissed Marx's ideas because of his obscure method of inquiry.
    This book goes firmly against that current.
  • Making History

    Making History is about the complex interaction between human agency and social structures.
  • Marxism and Ecological Economics

    This book undertakes the first general assessment of ecological economics from a Marxist point of view.
  • Debord, Time and Spectacle

    A detailed philosophical study of the theoretical work of Guy Debord and the Situationist International that helps to uncover a philosophy of praxis that remains useful today.

  • Reading Gramsci

    An illuminating and original collection of essays by Spain’s most famous Gramsci scholar, translated to English for the first time.
  • Marx on Gender and the Family

    Marx has long been accused of not taking women's issues seriously. Heather Brown sets the record straight.
  • The German Revolution, 1917-1923

    A magisterial, definitive account of the upheavals in Germany in the wake of the Russian revolution.
  • War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795)

    An account of the rise and fall of the Dutch Republic, drawn from original-source material and rich in theoretical insights
  • The Dimensions of Hegemony

    In this highly original and engaging text, Craig Brandist unearths the Russian roots of Gramsci’s concept of cultural hegemony.
  • The Dutch and German Communist Left (1900-1968)

    The most substantial history to date of the famous ‘ultra-left’ tendency within the international Communist movement.
  • Persistent Inequalities

    Botwinick provocatively shows that competition and technical change often militate against wage equalization, and calls for militant union organization that can once again take wages and working conditions out of capitalist competition.

  • The Philosophy of Living Experience

    This is the best introduction to the thought of Bogdanov, a Russian polymath who was a co-founder of the Bolshevik-Party.
  • Criticism of Heaven

    This volume consists of a critical commentary on the interactions between Marxism and theology.
  • Criticism of Religion

    Roland Boer draws on a vast depth of scholarly knowledge to reclaim the rich contribution of Marxism to theological studies
  • Criticism of Theology

    Roland Boer draws on a vast depth of scholarly knowledge to reclaim the rich contribution of Marxism to theological studies
  • Criticism of Earth

    Long a topic of debate and discussion, Boer sets the record straight about Marx, Engels, and Religion
  • In the Vale of Tears

    In the Criticism of Heaven and Earth series's final volume Roland Boer presents his own views on Marxism and Theology.
  • Deliverance from Slavery

    Deliverance from slavery was a central concern of Biblical verse. Boer aims to reclaim this focus for today's struggles.
  • Austro-Marxism: The Ideology of Unity

    The essential theoretical contributions of leading Austro-Marxist thinkers—Bauer, Renner, Adler, Hilferding, and Neurath—finally collected in one volume.
  • Austro-Marxism: The Ideology of Unity. Volume II

    This essential volume collects the key writings of Austrian Social Democracy on the questions of War, Revolution, and political strategy.

  • Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution

    Jack Bloom tells the story of Poland's revolution through the stories and experiences of its rank and file participants
  • War and Revolution in Catalonia, 1936-1939

    This translation of a landmark study is the first monograph in English to focus on Catalonia during the Civil War.
  • Exploring Marx's Capital

    Bidet conducts an unprecedented investigation of Marx's work in the spirit of the history of science.
  • Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism

    A comprehensive guide to contemporary developments in Marxist theory.
  • 'Bitter with the Past but Sweet with the Dream'

    An engaging, wide-ranging, and groundbreaking reexamination of the relationship between African American writers and the communist movement in the US.
  • Prophets Unarmed

    Edited by Gregor Benton
    Drawing on numerous oral history interviews with survivors, this study of Chinese Trotskyism is exhaustive and groundbreaking.
  • In Marx's Laboratory

    Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, Guido Starosta, et al.
    Marx's most widely debated text, the unfinished manuscript the Grundrisse, is here discussed as the laboratory for his mature ideas.
  • Art and Value

    Art and Value is the first comprehensive analysis of art's political economy throughout classical, neoclassical and Marxist economics.
  • Utopia, Ltd.

    Uncovers the preconditions for the explosive revival of utopian literature
  • Marx and Singularity

    Using the concept singularity, drawn from French theory, Basso attempts to understand Marx's development as a search for individual realization.
  • Marx and the Common

    Marx and the Common brilliantly reconstructs Marx's connection of the collective dimension of communism to the element of individual realisation
  • Marxism and Social Movements

    Edited by Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, et al.
    Exploring struggles on six continents over 150 years, this collection shows the power of Marxism to address broad social movements.
  • Theory As History

    Forty years of research in historiography and marxism focused on the concept of 'modes of production.'
  • Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela

    A sweeping, insightful history from below of the Bolivarian Revolution and its efforts to build socialism in the 21st century.
  • The Class Strikes Back

    The Class Strikes Back examines case studies of twenty-first-century workers’ struggles from both the Global North and South, highlighting the stories of workers fighting to organize and join democratic and independent unions.

  • Marx and Latin America

    An important rebuttal of those who accuse Marx of 'Eurocentrism,' through a close reading of his views on Latin America.
  • The Meanings of Work

    As precariousness becomes the “new normal,” what do these conditions mean for those dependent on their labor to survive?
  • Cataclysm 1914

    Edited by Alexander Anievas
    This collection argues that the First World War—and its consequences—was perhaps the defining moment of 20th century world-politics.
  • Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937

    The first biography—in any language—of Alexander Shlyapnikov, a leader and founder, along with Kollontai, of the Workers’ Opposition.
  • Groove

    In this engaging and original book Abel explains the rise to prominence in Western Music of a new rhythm: Groove.