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Dialectical Materialism Henri Lefebvre
Dialectical MaterialismHenri Lefebvre
Preface by Stefan Kipfer
Translated by John Sturrock
Table of Contents

The first U.S. edition of an important French Marxist textWith the aim of widening the scope of Marxist theory, Henri Lefebvre finished Dialectical Materialism just before the beginning of World War II and the Resistance movement against the Vichy regime. As the culmination of Lefebvre’s interwar activities, the book highlights the tension-fraught relationship between Lefebvre and the French Communist Party (PCF). For Lefebvre, unlike for the PCF, Marxism was above all a dynamic movement of theory and practice. Dialectical Materialism is an implicit response to Joseph Stalin’s Dialectical andHistorical Materialismand an attempt to show that the Stalinist understanding of the concept was dogmatic and oversimplified.This edition contains a new introduction by Stefan Kipfer, explaining the book’s contemporary ramifications in …