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Feb 8
16:00 - 17:15
Marx for the Twenty-First Century, Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway)
Postcolonial Research Seminar Series

Marx for the Twenty-First Century, Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway)

 Marx remains the most influential and controversial political thinker in history. The movements associated with his name have lent hope to many victims of tyranny and aggression but have also proven disastrous in practice and resulted in the unnecessary deaths of millions. If after the collapse of the Soviet Union his reputation seemed utterly eclipsed, a new generation is reading and discovering Marx in the wake of the recurrent financial crises, growing social inequality and an increasing sense of the injustice and destructiveness of capitalism. Both his critique of capitalism and his vision of the future speak across the centuries to our times, even if the questions he poses are more difficult to answer than ever.  Gregory Claeys considers Marx's ideas and their development through the Russian Revolution to the present, showing why Marx and Marxism still matter today. Gregory Claeys, one of Britain's leading historians of socialism, is Professor of History at Royal Holloway London and author of several books, including Dystopia: A Natural History (2018) and Imperial Sceptics: British Critics Of Empire, 1850- 1920 (2012). His Marx and Marxism will be out by Pelican in April.


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