David Harvey wrote an incredibly fertile and intense commentary to Marx's Capital, useful for a proper understanding of unsolved issues of marxian theory. With his peculiar clarity, Harvey drives the reader into a detailed inspection of the macro-topics of Das Kapital, beginning with a clear and insightful explanation of the value theory. Distribution and production relations, technological and organizational dynamics and crisis theories then follow quite fluently, despite the great amount of notes and digressions given to inform the reader about the divergent convinction taken by marxists thinkers.
In explaining Marx with the constant commitment not to distort him through partial and/or apologetical views, Harvey's narrative unfolds free from any kind of neutrality "coldness". At the contrary, this book is a severe attempt to re-ensemble an organic view of Marxian thought, after a period of extreme fragmentation of theory into the thousand niches of methodological debates and disciplinary-centered studies. The result is a self-enforcing textual structure, and at the same time a proper defence of a sincerely marxian attitude to the generality of historical processes.
The second part of the book focuses on spatial processes like fixed capital, rent, finance capital, imperialism and structural crises. Here -once again- the peculiarity of Harvey's geographical background enriches Marx's argument with the most rigorous and thoughtful attitude possible.
The author's ability to mantain a balanced and pedagogical attitude while never refraining to offer original and inspirating contributions makes this book an istant classic....Continua