A guide to Marx's Capital

Anthony Brewer

For anyone wishing to understand the modern world, Marx's Capital is indispensable. It is also, unfortunately, a difficult book to read. Some of these difficulties are inevitable since the ideas are unfamiliar and complex, but it seems more forbidding than it really is and the reader who persists will find it worth the effort. The Guide is intended to be read in conjunction with Capital (though it can be read on its own). It goes through Marx's masterpiece, chapter by chapter, setting each in the context of the whole and picking out the main threads of the argument. Each of Marx's technical terms if explained when it is first used and is also defined in the glossary for easy reference. The introduction outlines the development of Marx's thought and relates it to the philosophical, political and economic ideas of his time. The Guide does not take sides for Marx or against him. Its aim is to contribute to a better understanding of his work.

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  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Capitalist Production: 1. Commodities and money
  • 2. The transformation of money into capital
  • 3. The production of absolute surplus-value
  • 4. Production of relative surplus-value
  • 5. Production of absolute and of relative surplus-value
  • 6. Wages
  • 7. The accumulation of capital
  • 8. The so-called primitive accumulation
  • Part II. The Process of Circulation of Capital: 1. The metamorphoses of capital and their circuits
  • 2. The turnover of capital
  • 3. The reproduction and circulation of the aggregate social capital
  • Part III. The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole: 1. The conversion of surplus-value into profit and of the rate of surplus-value into the rate of profit
  • 2. Conversion of profit into average profit
  • 3. The law of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall
  • 4. Conversion of commodity-capital and money-capital into commercial capital and money-dealing capital
  • 5. Division of profit into interest and profit of enterprise. Interest-bearing capital
  • 6. Transformation of surplus-profit into ground-rent
  • 7. Revenues and their sources
  • Appendix I. Prefaces and afterwords to Capital
  • Appendix II. The Communist Manifesto
  • Appendix III. Preface and introduction to 'A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy'
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Index.

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書名 A guide to Marx's Capital
著作者等 Marx, Karl
Brewer, Anthony
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1984
ページ数 xiv, 211 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0521276764
NCID BA00455434
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス