theory as history: essays on modes of production and exploitation

Key themes include the distinctions that are crucial to restoring complexity to the Marxist notion of a 'mode of production'; the emergence of medieval relations of production; the origins of capitalism; the dichotomy between free and unfree labour; and essays in agrarian history that range widely from Byzantine Egypt to 19th-century colonialism. Review of Radical Political Economics 2012 44: 3, 403-406 Download Citation. ... Book Review: Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production & Exploitation Show all authors. Jairus Banaji, Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation (Brill 2010), Historical Materialism Book Series , volume 25, xix, 406pp. Thomas Barnes. Thomas Barnes. Thomas Barnes. Book Review: Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production & Exploitation. Winner of the 2011 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize The essays collected herein deal with the Marxist notion of a "mode of production," the emergence of medieval relations of production, the origins of capitalism, the dichotomy between free and unfree labor, and essays in agrarian history. To briefly summarize the brunt of "Theory as History", Banaji's essays make the argument that Marxists hitherto have tended to conflate three different economic categories or levels of analysis: the mode of production, the form of exploitation, and the relations of production (which seem roughly synonymous with the 'organisation of labour'). Banaji’s Theory as History provides an incisive analysis of pre-capitalist modes of production, demonstrating that no aspect of human history is irrelevant to the present. They demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of