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University of Utah

1. Despain, Hans G. The political economy of Maurice Dobb: history, theory, and the economics of reproduction, crisis, and transformation.

Degree: PhD, Economics, 2011, University of Utah

Maurice Dobb (1900-1976) was a political economist at Cambridge University from 1924-1976. Dobb made numerous contributions in the fields of economics, history, politics, sociology, and philosophy of science. In spite of his impressive contributions and accomplishments there has been a relative neglect of his work, especially a comprehensive study of his work as a whole. This dissertation is a contribution toward a more comprehensive understanding of the political economy of Maurice Dobb. An institutional interpretation of Maurice Dobb is employed. In the first chapter of the dissertation Dobb’s overarching contributions to social science are enunciated and his economic histories analyzed. In Chapter 2 it is shown that Dobb’s economic histories initiated the emergence of a school of economic history which now constitutes a unique approach to history, or a separate tradition of historians. Several of the contributing economic historians of this tradition are outlined and scrutinized. Chapter 3 unfolds the political economy of Maurice Dobb. Emphasis is placed upon his institutional approach to political economy, his critique of mainstream neoclassical economic theory, and Dobb’s theory of capitalist economic crisis. In Chapter 4 Dobb’s methodology and philosophical underpinnings are examined and delineated. Finally in Chapter 5 several conclusions from this study are summarized.

Subjects/Keywords: Crisis; Dobb; Economics; Marxian economics; Reproduction

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APA (6th Edition):

Despain, H. G. (2011). The political economy of Maurice Dobb: history, theory, and the economics of reproduction, crisis, and transformation. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Utah. Retrieved from http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/etd3/id/468/rec/2625

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Despain, Hans G. “The political economy of Maurice Dobb: history, theory, and the economics of reproduction, crisis, and transformation.” 2011. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Utah. Accessed November 18, 2019. http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/etd3/id/468/rec/2625.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Despain, Hans G. “The political economy of Maurice Dobb: history, theory, and the economics of reproduction, crisis, and transformation.” 2011. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Despain HG. The political economy of Maurice Dobb: history, theory, and the economics of reproduction, crisis, and transformation. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Utah; 2011. [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/etd3/id/468/rec/2625.

Council of Science Editors:

Despain HG. The political economy of Maurice Dobb: history, theory, and the economics of reproduction, crisis, and transformation. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Utah; 2011. Available from: http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/etd3/id/468/rec/2625


Leiden University

2. Talachian, Sina. The Invention of the Marxist Historian: A History of the Communist Party Historians’ Group, 1946-1956.

Degree: 2016, Leiden University

My primary aim in this investigation is to trace the history of the invention of the Marxist historian’s persona in the Communist Party Historians’ Group, and thereby reveal its specific configuration. This is to be an exercise in the recently emerging research program of what I have termed the empirical philosophy of history, as developed by Herman Paul. I supplemented this framework with certain Bourdieusian insights, adopting analytic tools — concepts like forms of capital and fields — that were specifically constructed to reveal more clearly the social elements and forces at play in the development of the dispositions or embodied commitments to goods that constitute personae. After elaborating my methodological framework, I move to outlining the basic elements that went into the making of the Marxist historian’s persona; the primary commitments to epistemic, moral and political goods that were embodied by the Historians’ Group’s founders — Dona Torr, A. L. Morton, Maurice Dobb and Christopher Hill — who played a primary role in its making. These consisted of the epistemic commitments to obtaining a dialectical and historical view or understanding of history, the moral commitment to the emancipation of the proletariat and the political commitment to Communism of the Soviet variety as espoused by the Communist Party of Great Britain. The obtaining of these commitments required the exercising of the appropriate virtues like employing the dialectical and historical materialist methods, engaging in class analysis and maintaining loyalty to the Communist Party. These virtues in turn implied an opposition to vices that consisted of their lack in other historians’ scholarly personae, pejoratively referred to as ‘bourgeois’. However, there was also a struggle internally regarding the proper interpretation of these commitments and virtues, one that played out both within the Historians’ Group itself and the wider Party. The contours of this struggle and the practices of contestation it involved —abounding in virtue and vice language — is clarified through the prism of dispositional variations that existed among the Group’s members, which I distinguish as the academic and non-academic. However, these are not presented as discreetly definable entities, but rather as consisting of a common network of commonalities (as in a family resemblance concept), thereby allowing for consideration of the variations that existed among members of each, while also allowing for the role of contingency that had a major effect on the making of the Marxist historian’s persona. Advisors/Committee Members: Dassen, Patrick (advisor), Paul, Herman (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Marxist historiography; scholarly personae; Communist Party Historians' Group; British historiography; historical materialism; Christopher Hill; Maurice Dobb; A. L. Morton; Dona Torr

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APA (6th Edition):

Talachian, S. (2016). The Invention of the Marxist Historian: A History of the Communist Party Historians’ Group, 1946-1956. (Masters Thesis). Leiden University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1887/44842

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Talachian, Sina. “The Invention of the Marxist Historian: A History of the Communist Party Historians’ Group, 1946-1956.” 2016. Masters Thesis, Leiden University. Accessed November 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1887/44842.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Talachian, Sina. “The Invention of the Marxist Historian: A History of the Communist Party Historians’ Group, 1946-1956.” 2016. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Talachian S. The Invention of the Marxist Historian: A History of the Communist Party Historians’ Group, 1946-1956. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Leiden University; 2016. [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/44842.

Council of Science Editors:

Talachian S. The Invention of the Marxist Historian: A History of the Communist Party Historians’ Group, 1946-1956. [Masters Thesis]. Leiden University; 2016. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/44842

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