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date: 21 February 2020

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Forty years after the 1975–1985 decade of socialism’s macro-political crisis, and of Western Marxism’s metastasizing theoretical crisis and eventual dispersal, we are in the grip of a new fast-forming historical conjuncture. Both globally, and within its historic Anglophone heartlands, capital is at war with itself, and it is liberalism’s turn to feel the cold pinch of disintegration. This chapter asks: What opportunities exist for renewing the attempt to create a Marxist legal historiography? What responsibilities attend that effort? It suggests that legal historians need to realize that what makes Marxist legal history useful and attractive is less that it is a particular way of doing legal history that produces specific outcomes than that it is an explicitly historical method.

Keywords: Marxism, legal history, Marxist history, legal theorists, socialism, Marxist legal historiography

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