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Think Another Time: Rosa Luxemburg and the Concept of History

Menozzi, F (2018) Think Another Time: Rosa Luxemburg and the Concept of History. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 94. pp. 7-22. ISSN 0950-2378

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This essay considers the significance of Rosa Luxemburg’s thought in relation to discourses on the materialist conception of history. Luxemburg engaged extensively with Marx’s method in order to understand the consequences of capitalism and socialism as a concrete possibility. In The Accumulation of Capital (1913), she deals with the problem of economic reproduction and the material conditions for the global expansion of capital. Yet, her writings have sparked a long tradition of debate concerning her contribution to Marxist theory. Within this tradition, Michael Löwy and Norman Geras have discussed Luxemburg’s idea of history, giving divergent interpretations of her influential phrase, ‘socialism or barbarism’. Building on the key terms of their argument, this essay proposes to read The Accumulation of Capital as a compelling reflection on the contingency of capitalism. Luxemburg’s analysis of the drive to accumulation shows capitalism’s manipulation of the process of social transmission and urges a re-appropriation of history against capitalism’s teleology of perpetual expansion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1606 Political Science, 2002 Cultural Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Lawrence and Wishart
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 10:55
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:12
DOI or ID number: 10.3898/neWF:94.01.2018
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9120
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