Capitalism from Above and Capitalism from Below

An Essay in Comparative Political Economy

Authors: Byres, T.

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The distinction between 'capitalism from above' and 'capitalism from below' is important in the analysis of the agrarian question in poor countries. The 'Prussian path' and the 'American path' are here examined, against existing historical scholarship. Their unfolding, from their earliest roots to the point of final 'agrarian transition' in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, is considered. The dialectic between social relations and productive forces, mediated as it was by the state, is treated and the implications for capitalist industrialisation scrutinised.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Origins, Context and Method

    Pages 3-19

    Byres, Terence J.

  • The Agrarian Question, Diversity of Agrarian Transition and the Two Paths: ‘Capitalism From Above’ and ‘Capitalism From Below’

    Pages 20-39

    Byres, Terence J.

  • From ‘One of Europe’s Freest Peasantries’ to Feudalism and the Eve of Abolition of Serfdom

    Pages 43-103

    Byres, Terence J.

  • The Prussian Transition: Full-Blooded Capitalism From Above and Its Consequences

    Pages 104-158

    Byres, Terence J.

  • Attempted Feudalism, Primitive Accumulation and Eradication of Native Populations

    Pages 161-216

    Byres, Terence J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Capitalism from Above and Capitalism from Below
Book Subtitle
An Essay in Comparative Political Economy
Authors
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Terence J. Byres
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-25117-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-25117-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-16241-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-25119-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 490
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