Debating How the West Came to Rule

The last issue of Historical Materialism (vol.26-3, 2018) contains a thorough engagement with Anievas and Nişancıoğlu’s How the West Came to Rule (Pluto, 2015), one of the most important contributions to the debate on the origins of capitalism in recent years. The issue includes critiques by political Marxists Charles Post, Maïa Pal, and Spencer Dimmock (as well as by other prominent Marxists from different traditions – e.g. Jairus Banaji, Neil Davidson). The symposium also concludes with the author’s response to their critics. The same issue also includes a review of political Marxist Spencer Dimmock’s recent book The Origin of Capitalism in England 1400-1600 (HM, 2015).