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Reading the Grundrisse

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g) Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua, Italy)
Pre-Capitalistic Forms of Production and Primitive Accumulation. Marx's Historiography from the Grundrisse to Capital

In this paper I inquire into the pre-capitalist forms of production in Marx's Grundrisse. In these notebooks Marx studied the pre-capitalist forms through a twofold interpretive schema: he joined a kind of evolutionary history to a repetitive history, a history of invariants. He did this in order to understand the nature of the historical break that the capitalist mode of production represents, the new form of social relation and the anthropological transformation of human being. This produced a very interesting form of historiography.

But in Marx's attempt to sketch the dynamics of the capitalist mode of production through the scheme of genesis, development, and crisis we are also faced with a typical sequence of a philosophy of history. Only in his late works, in his rethinking of 'primitive accumulation', did Marx think the historical contemporaneity of different forms of productions, the synchronism of different historical temporalities.