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Paul Marlor Sweezy

Paul Marlor SWEEZY, economist in the field of General Economic Theory; Economic History; Economic Systems. David A. Wells Prize, Harvard University, 1938; Executive Committee, American Economic Association, 1973-1975.

Background

  • Sweezy, Paul Marlor was born on April 10, 1910 in New York City. Son of Everett Benjamin and Caroline (Wilson) Sweezy.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Harvard University, 1931. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1937. Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1983.

    Career

    • With economics department Harvard University, 1934-1942. Former editor Monthly Review. Visiting professor Cornell University, Stanford University, New School Social Research, University California, Davis, Yale University, Hosei University, Tokyo, University Manchester, England.

      Lecturer Cambridge (England) University, 1971. President Monthly Review Foundation, Inc.

    Major achievements

    • David A. Wells Prize, Harvard University, 1938. Executive Committee, American Economic Association, 1973-1975.

    Works

    • On the Transition to Socialism
    • The problems of countries which occupy an intermediate position between capitalism and socialism are undoubtedly among the most important in the modern world.
    • On the Transition to Socialism
    • The problems of countries which occupy an intermediate position between capitalism and socialism are undoubtedly among the most important in the modern world.

    Views

    I became a Marxist during a year of study at London School of Economies and Political Science, London, United Kingdom in

    3 when I became convinced that mainstream economics of the kind I had been taught at Harvard had little to contribute toward understanding the major events and trends of the twentieth century. On returning to the United States, I discovered that North-American Marxism was practically nonexistent. In these circumstances, I acquired what I later described as ‘a mission in life’,

    e., to do whatever I could to make Marxism an integral and respected part of the intellectual life of the country — or, in other terms, to contribute to establishing a serious and authentic North-American brand of Marxism.

    I pursued this mission by means of teaching, writing and publishing — since 1949 through the medium of Monthly Review magazine and Monthly Review Press publishing house. During this period I have been closely associated with a distinguished group of colleagues, all of us together being sometimes referred to as a ‘Monthly Review School1, (Leo Huberman, Paul A. Baran, Harry Braverman and Harry Magdoff). We have, I think, played an important part in establishing Marxism on a firm foundation in the United States.

    We have also of course sought to advance Marxist social science through theoretical and empirical studies. My own dis

    tinctive contributions have tended to be mainly in two areas: the functioning of capitalism in its latest (monopoly, imperialist, global) stage, and the transition between social systems (feudalism to capitalism, and capitalism to socialism).

    Membership

    Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1946.

    Connections

    • Married Zirel Dowd, June 17, 1961. Children by previous marriage: Samuel Everett, Elizabeth MacDougall, Martha Adams.
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    Died February 28, 2004
    (aged 93)
    • 1931
      Harvard University
    • 1937
      Harvard University
    • 1983
      Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • 1934 - 1942
      With economics department Harvard University

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      • former editor Monthly Review
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      • David A. Wells Prize, Harvard University, 1938. Executive Committee, American Economic Association, 1973-1975.
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      • Author or editor: Monopoly and Competition in the English Coal Trade, 1950-1850, 1938, The Theory of Capitalist Development, 1942, Socialism, 1949, The Present as History, 1953. Co-author: (with Leo Huberman) Cuba: Anatomy of a Revolution, 1960, (with Paul Baran) Monopoly Capital, 1966, (with Leo Huberman) Socialism in Cuba, 1969, (with Charles Bettelheim) On the Transition to Socialism, 1971, (with Harry Magdoff) The Dynamics of the United States Capitalism, 1972, Modern Capitalism and Other Essays, 1972, (with Harry Magdoff) The End of Prosperity, 1977, Post Revolutionary Society, 1981, (with Harry Magdoff) The Deepening Crisis of the United States Capitalism, 1981, Four Lectures on Marxism, 1981, (with Harry Magdoff) Stagnation and Financial Explosion, 1987, (with Harry Magdoff) The Irreversible Crisis, 1988.
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      • book: Transition to 21st Century Socialism in the European Union
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      • book: [(Modern Capitalism and Other Essays )] [Author: Paul M. Sweezy] [Jan-2009]
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      • book: Post Revolutionary Society
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      • book: Four Lectures on Marxism (Monthly Review Press Classic Titles)
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      • book: [(Four Lectures on Marxism )] [Author: Paul M. Sweezy] [Apr-1982]
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      • book: Economic History as it Happened (Stagnation and the Financial Explosion)(volume IV)
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      • book: Monthly Review - An Independent Socialist Magazine; March 1976, Vol. 27, No. 10: More on Soviet Society, Inflation, Unemployment, and Monopoly Capital, Wage-Push and Working-Class Power
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