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RSA Animate have created a brilliant animated version of David Harvey‘s recent talk at the RSA on the crises of capitalism:

David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, and is the author of Companion to Marx’s Capital, The Limits to Capital, and Spaces of Global Capitalism, all from Verso.

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The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work.

Verso has a collection of key works by some of the most respected scholars to guide the reader through Marx.

A Companion to Marx’s Capital by David Harvey

Paperback – 2010 – 320 pages – £10.99 – 9781844673599

For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s foremost Marx scholars. Based on his recent lectures, this current volume aims to bring that depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. A Companion to Marx’s Capital offers fresh, original and sometimes critical interpretations of a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey intimates, may do so again.

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals. Read this book.” – Naomi Klein

The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar

Paperback – 2007 – 144 pages – £9.99 – 9781844671978

An excellent introduction to Marx’s thought from a major French philosopher. Providing a lucid, succinct, and accessible introduction to Marx and his key followers, complete with pedagogical information for the student, Balibar makes the most difficult areas of theory easy to understand. Balibar examines all the key areas of Marx’s writings in their wider historical and theoretical context including the concepts of class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism, and the state. Suitable for the student and scholar in the humanities and social sciences, this will become the standard guide to Marx.

Reading Capital by Louis Althusser and Etienne Balibar

Paperback – 2009 – 384 pages – £6.99 – 9781844673476

A landmark of French thought, Reading Capital is no less than an attempt to topple the edifice of Western Marxism and rebuild it from the original foundations. Establishing a rigorous programme of “symptomatic reading” that cuts through the silences and lacunae of Capital to reveal its philosophical core, Louis Althusser interprets Marx’s structural analysis of production as a revolutionary break — the basis of a completely new science. Building on a series of Althusser’s conceptual innovations that includes “overdetermination” and “social formation,” Étienne Balibar explores the historical and structural facets of production as Marx understood them, scrutinizing many of the most fundamental points in Capital, as though for the first time.

“One reads his passionate study with attention, even excitement.” — Eric Hobsbawm, Times Literary Supplement

From Marxism to Post-Marxism? by Göran Therborn

Paperback – 2010 – 208 pages – £9.99 – 9781844676309

In this succinct and panoramic work—both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader—one of the world’s leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first.

“A finely tuned style of analysis and judgment.” Guardian

Karl Mar x: An Illustrated History by Werner Blumenberg

Paperback – 2000 – 210 pages – £18.00 – 9781859842546

Reissued in the year of the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto, this classic biography of Karl Marx, complete with Gareth Stedman Jones’s poignant introduction, is unlike any other account of its subject. Including virtually every photograph in existence of Marx and his closest associates, and focusing as much on his private life as on his public persona and work, it provides an intimate portrait of the making of a complex intellectual the New Yorker recently dubbed “the next most influential thinker.”

“A work of painstaking scholarship consciously aimed at a wide readership.” — Economist

New release in February 2011!

Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

by Fredric Jameson

Hardback – 2010 – 176 pages – £14.99 – 9781844674541

Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward movement. These immense segments overlap each other to combine and develop on new levels in the same way that capital itself does, stumbling against obstacles that it overcomes by progressive expansions, which are in themselves so many leaps into the unknown.

“Fredric Jameson is America’s leading Marxist critic. A prodigiously energetic thinker whose writings sweep majestically from Sophocles to science fiction.” Terry Eagleton

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David Harvey, radical geographer and author of A Companion to Marx’s Capital will speak at King’s on 27th April and at the ICA on 28th April.

The Centre for European Studies & KCL Reading Capital present…
A talk by the world’s most cited academic geographer
Author of ‘A Companion to Marx’s Capital’
Tuesday 27 April. 6.30pm. Free.
Great Hall, Strand, King’s College London
Please arrive early to avoid disappointment (Doors open 6pm).
For more info contact kclreadingcapital@gmail.com
With grateful thanks to

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Crisis of Capitalism
Wednesday 28 April 2010 6:45 pm
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
£12 / £11 Concessions / £10 ICA Members
Book tickets here

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Reviews of both Emilie Bickerton’s A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema and David Harvey‘s A Companion to Marx’s Capital in this month’s Socialist Review:

Emilie Bickerton’s book provides an enjoyable overview of the many individuals and ideas connected with Cahiers over the years, and it is a useful springboard to finding out more.

Read the full review here.

On David Harvey’s Companion to Marx’s Capital:

Written in the same thought-provoking but still composed style that characterises Harvey’s previous works, this book offers invaluable insights and assistance for everybody interested in unravelling the contradictions of the current crisis following the methods set out by Marx some 150 years ago.

Read the full review here.

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David Harvey, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) and author of the forthcoming Introduction to Marx s Capital and many other books, remembers Giovanni Arrighi for the Guardian:

Arrighi, GiovanniThe Italian scholar of political economy and sociology Giovanni Arrighi, who has died of cancer aged 71, was an outstanding teacher and mentor. He will be best remembered for his trilogy of works analysing global capitalism, The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times (1994); Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System (with his wife, Beverly Silver, 1999); and Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-first Century (2007).

Giovanni had the uncanny ability to extract clear patterns from the swirling complexities of the historical record. He also possessed the scholarly integrity and patience to marshal compelling evidence for his arguments, thereby establishing his reputation as one of the greatest comparative historical sociologists. His unbounded courtesy and generosity towards his colleagues (particularly those with whom he disagreed) and, above all, to his many students, will be missed.

History, he was fond of remarking, is never a done deal, any more than the frameworks we devise to understand it. He had, he once told me, only two regrets: that he had not learned to play the piano or to converse in Mandarin. Yet he taught us to think about China in a radically different way and his ability to play exquisitely on the infinite variations in the history of capitalist accumulation will long echo in our ears.

Giovanni is survived by Beverly and Andrea, a son by a former marriage.

• Giovanni Arrighi, political economist and sociologist, born 7 July 1937; died 18 June 2009

Read David Harvey’s obituary in full.

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Slavoj Zizek responds to Alex Callinicos at Marxism 2009 on ‘What does it mean to be a revolutionary today’.

David Harvey on The Crisis Now.

Tariq Ali on Obama, Pakistan and the US Empire.

Chris Harman on The Crisis Now.

Thanks to Ady Cousins and Counterfire.org.

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Marxism 2009: a festival of resistance is now underway. Running between 2-6 July at venues in central London, several Verso authors are speaking:

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