Ellen Meiksins Wood

Links to a selection of Ellen’s published work is collected here.

(2016). ‘The Strike at York University‘, Canadian Dimension, January 22nd, 2016.

(2014). ‘Capitalism’s Gravediggers‘, Jacobin, 12/5/14.

(2013). ‘Social property relations in the 21st Century: An Interview with Ellen Wood,’ Alternate Routes, Vol 24, pp. 159-170.

(2012). ‘Capitalism’  in Ben Fine and Alfred Saad-Filho with the assistance of Marco Boffo (eds). The Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics. Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 34-39

(2012). Liberty and Property: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Renaissance to Enlightenment. London: Verso.

(2012). ‘Democracy’, in The Marx Revival: Essays on the Critique of Contemporary Society, edited by Marcello Musto. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2012). The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader, edited by Larry Patriquin. Brill Historical Materialism Book Series, #40, London. 335pp.

(2012). ‘Universal Capitalism’, in Marx for Today, edited by Marcello Musto, New York: Routledge.

(2011). ‘Ellen Meiksins Wood: Empire in the Age of Capital [ Interview]’, in Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult, edited by Sasha Lilley, pp. 27–42. Oakland: PM Press.

(2011). ‘Foreword’, in The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development, and Political Conflict, 1620–1877, by Charles Post. Leiden: Brill.

(2011). ‘Le marxisme politique et ses débats [Interview by Frédérick-Guillaume Dufour and Jonathan Martineau]’, Actuel Marx, 50: 98–118.

(2010). ‘Happy Campers’ Book Review of Why Not Socialism? by G.A. Cohen, London Review of Books, 32(2), 28 January, pp. 26-7.

(2010). ‘Britain vs. France: How Many Sonderwegs?’, in Rechtsstaat statt Revolution, Verrechtlichung statt Demokratie?, Vol. 1, Die historischen Voraussetzungen, edited by Detlef Georgia Schulze, Sabine Berghahn, and Frieder Otto Wolf, pp. 83–97. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.

(2010). ‘Les origines agraires du capitalisme’, Sciences Humaines, special issue no. 11 (La grande histoire du capitalisme): 18–19.

(2009). ‘Peasants and the Market Imperative: The Origins of Capitalism,‘ in A. Haroon Akram- Lodhi and Cristóbal Kay (eds), Peasants and Globalization: Political Economy, rural transformation and the Agrarian Question, Routledge: London and New York, pp. 37-56.

(2009). ‘Getting What’s Coming to Us: Capitalism and Social Rights’, Against the Current, 140: 28–32.

(2009). ‘Redéfinir la démocratie’, Contretemps, new series, 4: 59–62.

(2008). Citizens to Lords. A Social History of Western Political Thought From Antiquity to the Middle Ages. London and New York: Verso.

(2008). ‘Historical Materialism in “Forms which Precede Capitalist Production”‘ in Marcello Musto (ed.) Karl Marx’s Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years Later. Oxon and New York: Routledge. pp. 79-92

(2008). ‘Why It Matters’ Book Review of Hobbes and Republican Liberty by Quentin Skinner, London Review of Books, 30(18), 25th September, pp. 3-6.

(2008). ‘Kapitalismusentstehung’ (Origin of Capitalism), Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus. Vol. 7, Part 1, edited by Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Frigga Haug, and Peter Jehle, cols. 273–92. Hamburg: Argument.

(2007). ‘A Reply to Critics‘ [part of symposium on Empire of Capital], Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, 15(3), pp. 143-170.

(2006). ‘Logics of Power: A Convervsation with David Harvey‘, Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, 14(4), 9-34.

(2006). ‘Democracy as Ideology of Empire’, in Colin Mooers (ed.)  The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. pp. 9-23.

(2003). ‘A Manifesto for Global Capitalism‘, in Gopal Balakrishnan (ed.) Debating Empire. London and New York: Verso.

(2003). Empire of Capital. London and New York: Verso.

(2003). ‘Capitalist Empire and the Nation State’, Against the Current, 106: 21–6.

(2003). ‘Christopher Hill and the Recovery of History’, Against the Current, 104:

(2003). ‘Globalisation and the State: Where Is the Power of Capital?’, in Anti-Capitalism: A Marxist Introduction, edited by Alfredo Saad-Filho, pp. 127–41. London: Pluto.

(2002). ‘Class, race, and capitalism,’ in Diane E. Davis (ed.). Political Power and Social Theory. Vol. 15. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.275-284.

(2002). ‘Class, Race, and Capitalism’, Political Power and Social Theory, 15: 275–84.

(2002). ‘Explaining 11 September’, Studies in Political Economy, 67: 25–31.

(2002). ‘Infinite War‘, Historical Materialism, 10(1), pp. 7-27.

(2002). ‘Contraditions: Only in Capitalism?‘ in Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds) The Socialist Register 2002: A World of Contradictions. London: Merlin Press.

(2002). ‘Landlords and Peasants, Masters and Slaves: Class Relations in Greek and Roman Antiquity’, Historical Materialism, 10, 3: 17–69.

(2002 [1999]). The Origins of Capitalism: A Longer View. London and New York: Verso.

(2002). ‘The Question of Market Dependence‘, Journal of Agrarian Change, 2 (1), pp. 50-87

(2002). ‘Global capital, national states‘ in Rupert M. et H. Smith, Historical Materialism and Globalization. London and New York : Routledge. pp. 17-39.

(2001). ‘Contradiction: Only in Capitalism?’, in The Socialist Register 2002, edited by Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, pp. 275–93. London: Merlin.

(2001). ‘Eurocentric Anti-Eurocentrism’, Against the Current, 92: 29–35.

(2001). ‘War without Boundaries’, Canadian Dimension, 35, 6: 16–17.

(2000). ‘The Agrarian Origins of Capitalism’, in Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment, edited by Fred Magdoff, John Bellamy Foster, and Frederick H. Buttel, pp. 23–41. New York: Monthly Review Press.

(2000). ‘Capitalism or Enlightenment?’, History of Political Thought, 21 (3), pp. 405–26.

(2000). ‘Kosovo and the New Imperialism’, in Masters of the Universe? NATO’s Balkan Crusade, edited by Tariq Ali, pp. 190–200. London: Verso.

(1999). The Origin of Capitalism, New York: Monthly Review Press.

(1999). ‘The Politics of Capitalism’, Monthly Review, 51(4)

(1999). ‘Unhappy Families: Global Capitalism in a World of Nation-States’,Monthly Review 51 (3), pp. 1–12.

(1999). ‘Horizontal Relations: A Note on Brenner’s Heresy‘, Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, 4(1), pp. 171-9.

(1999). ‘An Interview with Ellen Meiksins Wood’, interview by Christopher Phelps. Monthly Review, 51, 1: 74–92.

(1999). ‘Kosovo and the New Imperialism’, Monthly Review, 51, 2: 1–8.

(1998). ‘The Agrarian Origins of Capitalism’, Monthly Review, 50, 3: 14–31.

(1998). Capitalism and the Information Age: The Political Economy of the Global Communication Revolution, edited with Robert W. McChesney and John Bellamy Foster. New York: Monthly Review Press.

(1998). ‘Capitalist Change and Generational Shifts’, Monthly Review, 50, 5: 1–10.

(1998). ‘Class Compacts, the Welfare State, and Epochal Shifts: A Reply to Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward’, Monthly Review, 49, 8: 24–43.

(1998). ‘The Communist Manifesto after 150 Years’, Monthly Review, 50, 1: 14–35.

(1998). ‘The Communist Manifesto 150 Years Later’, in The Communist Manifesto / Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Principles of Communism / Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto 150 Years Later / Ellen Meiksins Wood, pp. 87–112. New York: Monthly Review Press.

(1998). ‘Introduction to the New Edition’, in The Retreat from Class: A New ‘True’ Socialism, pp. xi–xv. London: Verso.

(1998). ‘Labor, Class, and State in Global Capitalism’, in Rising from the Ashes? Labor in the Age of ‘Global’ Capitalism, edited by Ellen Meiksins Wood, Peter Meiksins, and Michael Yates, pp. 3–16. New York: Monthly Review Press.

(1998). ‘Modernity, Postmodernity, or Capitalism?’, in Capitalism and the Information Age: The Political Economy of the Global Communication Revolution, edited by Robert W. McChesney, Ellen Meiksins Wood, and John Bellamy Foster, pp. 27–49. New York: Monthly Review Press.

(1998). Rising from the Ashes? Labor in the Age of ‘Global’ Capitalism, edited with Peter Meiksins and Michael Yates. New York: Monthly Review Press.

(1997). A Trumpet of Sedition: Political Theory and the Rise of Capitalism, 1509–1688, with Neal Wood. London: Pluto; New York: New York University Press.

with John Bellamy Foster (eds) (1997). In Defense of History: Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda. Michigan: Monthly Review Press.

(1997). ‘What is the Post-Modern Agenda?’, in Ellen Meiksins Wood and John Bellamy Foster (eds). in In Defense of History: Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda. Michigan: Monthly Review Press. pp. 1-16

(1997). ‘Modernity, Postmodernity, or Capitalism?’, Review of International Political Economy 4, 3, pp. 539–61.

(1997). ‘Labour, the State and Class Struggle‘, Monthly Review, 49(3).

(1997). ‘Locke against Democracy: Consent, Representation, and Suffrage in the Two Treatises’, in Locke, Vol. 2, edited by John Dunn and Ian Harris, pp. 570–602. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

(1997). ‘A Note on Du Boff and Herman’, Monthly Review, 49, 6: 39–43.

(1997). ‘A Reply to A. Sivanandan’, Monthly Review, 48, 9: 21–32.

(1997). ‘Back to Marx‘, Monthly Review, 49(2).

(1997). ‘The Non-History of Capitalism‘, Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, 1(1), pp. 5-21

(1996). ‘Capitalism, Merchants and Bourgeois Revolution: Reflections on the Brenner Debate and its Sequel’, International Review of Social History, 41, pp. 209–32.

(1996). ‘Democracy and Capitalism: Friends or Foes? [Interview with Ellen Meiksins Wood]’, New Socialist, 1, 1: 14–16.

(1996). ‘Demos versus “We, the People”: Freedom and Democracy Ancient and Modern’, in Dēmokratia: A Conversation on Democracies, Ancient and Modern, edited by Josiah Ober and Charles Hedrick, pp. 121–37. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

(1996). ‘Intellectuals and Universalism’, Imprints, 1, 1: 65–71.

(1996). ‘Marxism and Postmodernism: A Reply to Roger Burbach’, with John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review, 47, 10: 41–6.

(1996). ‘Modernity, Postmodernity, or Capitalism?’, Monthly Review, 48, 3: 21–39.

(1995). Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(1995). ‘A Chronology of the New Left and its Successors, Or: Who’s Old-fashioned Now?’ in Leo Panitch, John Saville and Ellen Meiksins Wood (eds). Socialist Register 1995: Why Not Capitalism? London: Merlin Press. pp. 22-49.

(1995). ‘An Inheritance Reaffirmed: Marx’, in Class, edited by Patrick Joyce, pp. 64–8. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(1995). ‘Rational Choice Marxism: Is the Game Worth the Candle?’, in Rational Choice Marxism, edited by Terrell Carver and Paul Thomas, pp. 79–135. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

(1995). ‘What Is the “Postmodern” Agenda? An Introduction’, Monthly Review, 47, 3: 1–12.

(1994). ‘From Opportunity to Imperative: The History of the Market’, Monthly Review, 46 (3).

(1994). ‘Democracy: An Idea of Ambiguous Ancestry’, in Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstruction of American Democracy, edited by J. Peter Euben, John R. Wallach, and
Josiah Ober, pp. 59–80. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

(1994). ‘E.P. Thompson: Historian and Socialist’, Monthly Review, 45, 8: 8–14.

(1994). ‘Edward Palmer Thompson: In Memoriam’, Studies in Political Economy, 43: 26–31.

(1994). ‘History of the Market: From Opportunity to Imperative’, Mainstream, 32, 41: 11–21.

(1994). ‘Radicalism, Capitalism, and Historical Contexts: Not Only a Reply to Richard Ashcraft on John Locke’, History of Political Thought, 15: 323–72.

(1994). ‘Ralph Miliband, 1924–1994: The Common Sense of Socialism’, Radical Philosophy, 68: 62–3.

(1994). ‘A Tale of Two Democracies’, History Today, 44, 5: 50–55.

(1992). ‘Custom against Capitalism‘, New Left Review I/195, September-October, pp. 21-28.

(1992). ‘Locke against Democracy: Consent, Representation, and Suffrage in the Two Treatises’, History of Political Thought, 13: 657–89.

(1991). The Pristine Culture of Capitalism: An Historical Essay on Old Regimes and Modern States. London and New York: Verso.

(1991). Review of Bread and Circuses: Historical Sociology and Political Pluralism, by
Paul Veyne. History of the Human Sciences, 4: 469–71.

(1990). ‘Explaining Everything or Nothing?‘, New Left Review, I/184, November-December, pp. 116-128

(1990). ‘The Uses and Abuses of “Civil Society”‘ in Ralph Miliband and John Saville (eds) The Socialist Register, Vol. 26, pp. 60-84.

(1990). ‘Falling Through the Cracks: E.P. Thompson and the Debate on Base and Superstructure’, in E.P. Thompson: Critical Perspectives, edited by Harvey J. Kaye and Keith McClelland, pp. 125–52. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

(1989). ‘Rational-Choice Marxism: is the game worth the Candle?‘, New Left Review, I/177, September-October, pp. 41-88.

(1989). ‘Oligarchic “Democracy”’, Monthly Review, 41, 3: 42–51.

(1989). ‘Power and Oppression’, New Statesman and Society, 2, 70: 30.

(1988). ‘Capitalism and Human Emancipation‘, New Left Review, I/167, January-February, pp. 3-20.

(1988). Peasant-Citizen and Slave. London and New York: Verso.

(1987). ‘A Reply to “Looking for Alternativesto Reformism”’, International Socialism, 35: 129–38.

(1987). ‘Why Class Struggle Is Central’, Against the Current, 10: 7–9.

(1986). The Retreat from Class: A New ‘True’ Socialism. London and New York: Verso.

with Neal Wood (1986). ‘Socrates and Democracy‘, Political Theory, 14(1), February, 55-82.

(1985). ‘Beyond Class? A Reply to Chantal Mouffe’, with Peter Meiksins, Studies in Political Economy, 17: 141–65.

(1985). ‘The State and Popular Sovereignty in French Political Thought: A Genealogy of Rousseau’s “General Will”’, in History from Below: Studies in Popular Protest and Popular Ideology in Honour of George Rudé, edited by Frederick Krantz, pp. 117–39. Montréal: Concordia University.

(1984). ‘Marxism and the Course of History‘, New Left Review, I/147, pp. 95-107.

(1984). Review of Medieval Slavery and Liberation, by Pierre Dockès, Social History, 9: 101–3.

(1983). ‘Marxism without Class Struggle‘, in Ralph Miliband and John Saville (eds) The Socialist Register, Vol. 20, pp. 239-271

(1983). ‘Agricultural Slavery in Classical Athens’, American Journal of Ancient History, 8(1), pp. 1-47.

(1983). ‘The State and Popular Sovereignty in French Political Thought: A Genealogy of Rousseau’s “General Will”’, History of Political Thought, 4: 281–315.

(1982). ‘The Politics of Theory and the Concept of Class: E.P. Thompson and his Critics’, Studies in Political Economy, Vol 9.

(1981). ‘The Separation of the Economic and the Political in Capitalism‘, New Left Review, I/127.

(1981). ‘Liberal Democracy and Capitalist Hegemony: A Reply to Leo Panitch on the Task of Socialist Political Theory’, in The Socialist Register 1981, edited by Ralph Miliband and John
Saville, pp. 169–89. London: Merlin.

(1981). ‘Marxism and Ancient Greece’, History Workshop Journal, 11: 3–22.

(1979). ‘For Sale! Strategies for Winning the Class Struggle!’, Canadian Dimension, 14, 1: 13–16.

(1978). ‘C.B. MacPherson: Liberalism, And The Task Of Socialist Political Theory‘, in Ralph Miliband and John Saville (eds) The Socialist Register. Vol. 15, pp. 215-240

with Neal Wood (1978). Class Ideology and Ancient Political Theory. Oxford: Blackwell.

with Neal Wood (1977). A Trumpet of Sedition. Political Theory and the Rise of Capitalism 1509-1688. New York: New York University Press.

(1972). Mind and Politics: An Approach to the Meaning of Liberal and Socialist Individualism. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

(1970). ‘Canada and the American Science of Politics’, with Neal Wood, in Close the 49th Parallel etc: The Americanization of Canada, edited by Ian Lumsden, pp. 179–95. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Video Media

This Globalisation Lecture entitled “The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire” was given by Prof. Ellen Meiksins Wood Professor Emerita of Political Science at York University (Toronto, Canada) on 29 October 2008 at SOAS, University of London.

Democracy against Capitalism‘, (Demokratie gegen Kapitalismus), Theoretische Hintergründe der neuen Kämpfe, Luxemburg Lecture, Ellen Meiksins Wood on 8.5.2012 in the Berliner Volksbühne.

Audio Media

David McNally remembers Ellen on ‘Against the Grain‘ radio show. Includes clips of Ellen speaking. 1st February, 2016.