Engaging the Global Class War
Introduction: Lenin and the Withering Away of the State
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Lenin and the Withering Away of the State
For some readers the first three words in the title of this book, History and Education, will elicit an immediate question: why history and education and not the history of education? It is a subtle yet profound difference. This is not a history of education text in either the traditional chronological sense or the more contemporary thematic format. The closest I come to advancing a history of education is chapter 2, which offers a history of the history of education from a unique Marxist framework, focusing on the colonial and common school eras. These eras are highlighted because they are key moments of expansion and control for capital’s position within what was fast becoming, with the colonization of the Caribbean and the Americas in the sixteenth century, a global class war.
Overall, however, it is a book that takes Marx’s contributions to the field of history as a central optic that is fundamental for engaging the global class war, because it examines the worldwide driving force, capitalism, developmentally and dialectically, where new eras are not conceived as emerging separately from the world as it exists, but always out of the contradictions of existing conditions.
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