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Author: Paul Blackledge

The recent emergence of global anti-capitalist and anti-war movements have created a space within which Marxism can flourish in a way as it has not been able to for a generation. This book shows that by disassociating Marxism from the legacy of Stalinism, Marxist historiography need not retreat before the criticisms from theorists and historians. It also shows that, once rid of this incubus, Marx's theory of history can be shown to be sophisticated, powerful and vibrant. The book argues that Marxism offers a unique basis to carry out a historical research, one that differentiates it from the twin failures of the traditional empiricist and the post-modernist approaches to historiography. It outlines Marx and Engels' theory of history and some of their attempts to actualise that approach in their historical studies. The book also offers a critical survey of debates on the application of Marx's concepts of 'mode of production' and 'relations of production' in an attempt to periodise history. Marxist debates on the perennial issue of structure and agency are considered in the book. Finally, the book discusses competing Marxist attempts to periodise the contemporary post-modern conjuncture, paying attention to the suggestion that the post-modern world is one that is characterised by the defeat of the socialist alternative to capitalism.

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Sian Barber

.indd 52 3/2/2015 4:14:32 PM FILM HISTORIOGRAPHY  53 discipline. In the 1950s and 1960s enthusiastic adherence to the auteur theory focused critical attention on the work of key directors such as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and the newly emergent French new wave directors François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. In the 1970s feminist critiques began to influence the discipline more heavily; latterly exploration of film using post-modernist approaches has been popular, while more recently there has been a preoccupation with transnational cinema and world cinema as well

in Using film as a source
Anarchism as a unique example
Dana M. Williams

methods (recall the figure depicting the American anarchist movement network above). Third, social movements can be explained and modeled (although never to everyone’s satisfaction). These ends are the purpose of theory. Numerous larger theoretical frameworks have emerged (not quite “grand theories,” but definitely focused on the big picture), as well as smaller theories that have applicability in certain limited contexts. The diversity of movement theories – indeed, the contradictory nature of many of these theories – suggests a post-modernist approach to theories

in Black flags and social movements
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Paul Fouracre and Richard A. Gerberding

background has often been placed in a preconceived scheme of history whose main focus is the decline of public authority in the early medieval world. It is that frame of thinking which has produced the pessimistic view of Merovingian history mentioned earlier in this chapter, and it is from this bind that post-modernist approaches to texts offer some prospect of escape. In practice, however, at least where

in Late Merovingian France