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Chapter 3a: Marxism up to the Second World War
Immediately following the collapse of Europe's Communist regimes in 1989–91, there were widespread claims that the ideas of Karl Marx and his ablest disciples had lost all relevance and that their various proposed alternatives to capitalism had turned out to be severely dysfunctional. Nevertheless, an unabated stream of exceptionally comprehensive, systematic and insightful conceptualizations and analyses of global capitalism and of the strong oligopolistic tendencies, periodic crises and vast disparities of income and wealth which it continually generates have remained just as illuminating as they were during Marxism's heyday from the 1860s to the 1960s. Marxism has displayed remarkable capacities to repeatedly reinvent ...