A Second Wind From the Third World

John MacKenzie argues there is life yet in Marxist analysis if not in its practice then for examining the process of imperial rule and its transformation.

Looking back over the contributions to History Today's 'Death of Marxism' debate, it is striking that so many false polarities have been summoned up to bolster positions: Marxism or nationalism as tools of historical analysis; Marxist system versus conservative neo-radical pragmatism; Gramscian cultural history 'owing relatively little' to traditional Marxist approaches; 'macroscopic Marxism' or 'microscopic Namierism'; holism versus particularism, lumping and splitting. That these are false polarities becomes apparent when you turn to the great mass of Marxist writings associated with imperialism and the Third World.

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