York University
George C. Comninel

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POLS 3020
Utopia, Power and

POLS 3025
A Century of Revolution

POLS 4030
Classical Political Theory

POLS 4090
Classical Marxist Theory

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POLS 6030 / SPT 6101
Theory and Practice
of the State in Historical Perspective
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George C. Comninel
Associate Professor, Department of Politics

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BA (Cornell); MA (York); PhD (York)

Research Interests:

Marxist Theory
Social History of Political Theory
Historical State Formation and Social-Economic Development
Politics, Ideology, and Class in the French Revolution
Revolutions and Revolutionary Theories

Selected Publications:

Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx (Forthcoming, London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018).

Rethinking the French Revolution:  Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge, (London:  Verso Books, 1987).

“Marx and the Politics of the First International.” Socialism and Democracy, 28:2, July 2014, pp. 59-82.

“Critical Thinking and Class Analysis.” Socialism and Democracy, 27:1, March 2013, pp. 19-56

“Emancipation in Marx’s Early Work.” In Marcello Musto, (ed.),
Marx for Today, London-New York: Routledge, 2012, pp. 73-91.

Feudalism.” In Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad Filho, (eds.) Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 131-137.

Marxism and History.” In Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad Filho, (eds.) Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 212-219.

Die Anatomie des Affen verstehen: Historischer Materialismus und die Spezifik des Kapitalismus [Historical Materialism and the Specificity of Capitalism: Recognizing the Anatomy of the Ape].” Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung, n. 84, December 2010, pp. 104-115.

“Historical Materialist Sociology and Revolutions.” In Gerard Delanty and Engin Isin, (eds.),  Handbook of Historical Sociology, London: Sage, 2003.

“Revolution in History: The Communist Manifesto in Context.”  In Douglas Moggach and Paul Leduc Browne (eds.), The Revolutions of 1848: A Contested Legacy, Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2000.

“Marx’s Context.” History of Political Thought, vol. XXI, n. 3, Autumn 2000.

“English Feudalism and the Origins of Capitalism.” Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 27, n. 4, July 2000.

Current Projects:

The Routledge Guidebook to Marx’s Capital (expected 2018)

The Feudal Foundations of Modern Europe (expected 2019).