With the care of a surgeon, Heller
dissects the divergent body of analysis regarding this contentious subject.
does not shy away from the numerous controversies; instead, always grounding himself in Marx's
separates the wheat from the chaff in each contribution.
has already contributed to our understanding the transition from feudalism to capitalism through his
outstanding work on French history.
new work provides us with a comprehensive, critical but balanced account from a classical Marxist perspective of the entire debate and its various controversies.
Particularly impressive is the way in which he
demonstrates that any serious approach to the transition cannot be restricted to discussing economic changes, but has to encompass the totality of social relationships, including, crucially, those embedded in the state.
In the light of the deepening crisis of capitalism and continued non-Western capitalist accumulation, Henry Heller
re-examines the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism in Europe and elsewhere.
Focusing on arguments about the origin, nature and sustainability of capitalism, Heller
offers a new reading of the historical evidence and a critical interrogation of the transition debate.
advances the idea that capitalism must be understood as a political as well as an economic entity.
Henry Heller is a Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, Canada.
is the author of The Cold War and the New Imperialism: A Global History, 1945-2005 (2006); The Bourgeois Revolution in France (2006) and Labour, Science and Technology in France 1500-1620 (1996).