Was Karl Marx an Orientalist?

Kevin B. Anderson

Scholar Kevin B. Anderson discusses Marx’s surprising conclusions on race and national oppression.

The Relief of Lucknow, 1857 by Thomas Jones Barker, 1859. (Wikimedia Commons)

Critics of Marxism claim that it is incapable of recognizing forms of oppression that aren’t linked to a narrow understanding of class. They also accuse Karl Marx and those who followed in his footsteps of trying to fit the whole of human history into a rigid, unilinear model based on the experience of Western Europe. […]