Neil Faulkner, author of the brilliant A Marxist History of the World: From Neanderthals to Neoliberals (Pluto, 2013) has given a talk at Counterfire this month, in which he discusses the main themes of his book – from the dawn of humanity to the greatest crisis to confront the human race.
The video can be found on the Counterfire website, here, but you can also see it embedded below. Big thanks to Fourman Films for recording the talk.
From Neanderthals to Neoliberals
Magisterial analysis of human history, from the first hominid to the Great Recession of 2008. Written from the perspective of ordinary men and women.
“‘Enlightening and apocalyptic in equal measure'” – Guardian
“Who needs ‘objective’ history? Not Neil Faulkner, for whom the history of the world is a relentless and disgraceful parade of shame from the brazenly wasteful tribes of the Bronze Age to Maoist China’s sell-out state capitalism. If nothing else this book will make you stop and think and give you a taste of what it must have felt like to be a firebrand buoyed up by righteous revolutionary zeal in October 1917. If you like your blood boiled, this is the history for you. I can guarantee you’ll be outraged – either because you agree with him or because you don’t!” – Guy de la Bédoyère, historian and author of Roman Britain: A New History (2006).