George C Comninel

Department of Political Science

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S646
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 88831
Emailcomninel@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/comninel/

Degrees

Ph.D., York University
M.A., York University
B.A., Cornell University

Professional Leadership

Editorial Board, Socialism and Democracy; Editorial Board, Socialist Register; Editorial Board, Historical Materialism

Community Contributions

Chair of University Senate

Research Interests

Philosophy , History , Political Theory in Historical and Social Context, Politics, Ideology, and Class in the French Revolution, Marxist Theory, Theories of Historical State Formation and Economic Development, Revolutions and Revolutionary Theories, Feudalism

Current Research Projects

Feudal Foundations of Modern Europe

Summary: 
An examination of continuities and discontinuities between Rome and early medieval Europe; the origin of feudal society on the Continent; the divergence of English forms of state and society; and the parallel but different paths of modern social and political development leading to Absolutist society in France and capitalism in England.


Project Type: Self-Funded

Marx and the First International

Summary: 
An exploration of the contributions of Karl Marx to internationalism in modern capitalist society.

All Publications

Books

The International after 150 Years: Labor vs Capital, Then and Now, co-editor with Marcello Musto and Victor Wallis (London-New York: Routledge, 2015)

Rethinking the French Revolution: Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge, (London: Verso Books, 1987).

Book Chapters

“Feudalism.” In Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad Filho, (eds.) Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

"Marxism and History.” In Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad Filho, (eds.) Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

“Emancipation in Marx’s Early Work.” In Marcello Musto, (ed.), Marx for Today, London-New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Historical Materialist Sociology and Revolutions.” In Gerard Delanty and Engin Isin, (eds.), Handbook of Historical Sociology, London: Sage, 2003.

“Revolution in History: The Communist Manifesto in Context.” In Douglas Moggach and Paul Leduc Browne (eds.), The Revolutions of 1848: A Contested Legacy, Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2000.

“Den politiska bakgrunden till den folkliga rörelsen under franska revolutionen,” in Bengt Ankarloo (ed.), Franska revolutionen, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 1992.

“The Political Context of the Popular Movement in the French Revolution,” in Frederick Krantz (ed.), History From Below, London: Basil Blackwell, 1988.

Journal Articles

“Marx and the Politics of the First International.” Socialism and Democracy, vol. 28, n. 2, July 2014, pp. 59-82.

“«Accumulation initiale» et mode de production capitaliste [‘Primitive Accumulation’ and the Capitalist Mode of Production]”. La Pensée, n. 377, janvier-mars 2014, pp. 83-95.

“Critical Thinking and Class Analysis.” Socialism and Democracy, 27:1, March 2013, pp. 19-56.

“Die Anatomie des Affen verstehen: Historischer Materialismus und die Spezifik des Kapitalismus [Historical Materialism and the Specificity of Capitalism: Recognizing the Anatomy of the Ape].” Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung, n. 84, December 2010, pp. 104-115.

“Marx’s Context.” History of Political Thought, vol. XXI, n. 3, Autumn 2000.

“English Feudalism and the Origins of Capitalism.” Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 27, n. 4, July 2000.

“Quatre-Vingt-Neuf Revisited: Social Interests and Political Conflict in the French Revolution.” Historical Papers / Communications historique, 1989

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/POLS3020 3.0  Utopia, Power and Sovereignty LECT  
Fall 2017 AP/POLS4030 3.0  Classical Political Theory SEMR  

Degrees

Ph.D., York University
M.A., York University
B.A., Cornell University

Professional Leadership

Editorial Board, Socialism and Democracy; Editorial Board, Socialist Register; Editorial Board, Historical Materialism

Community Contributions

Chair of University Senate

Research Interests:

Philosophy , History , Political Theory in Historical and Social Context, Politics, Ideology, and Class in the French Revolution, Marxist Theory, Theories of Historical State Formation and Economic Development, Revolutions and Revolutionary Theories, Feudalism

Current Research Projects

Feudal Foundations of Modern Europe

Summary: 
An examination of continuities and discontinuities between Rome and early medieval Europe; the origin of feudal society on the Continent; the divergence of English forms of state and society; and the parallel but different paths of modern social and political development leading to Absolutist society in France and capitalism in England.


Project Type: Self-Funded

Marx and the First International

Summary: 
An exploration of the contributions of Karl Marx to internationalism in modern capitalist society.

All Publications

Books

The International after 150 Years: Labor vs Capital, Then and Now, co-editor with Marcello Musto and Victor Wallis (London-New York: Routledge, 2015)

Rethinking the French Revolution: Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge, (London: Verso Books, 1987).

Book Chapters

“Feudalism.” In Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad Filho, (eds.) Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

"Marxism and History.” In Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad Filho, (eds.) Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

“Emancipation in Marx’s Early Work.” In Marcello Musto, (ed.), Marx for Today, London-New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Historical Materialist Sociology and Revolutions.” In Gerard Delanty and Engin Isin, (eds.), Handbook of Historical Sociology, London: Sage, 2003.

“Revolution in History: The Communist Manifesto in Context.” In Douglas Moggach and Paul Leduc Browne (eds.), The Revolutions of 1848: A Contested Legacy, Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2000.

“Den politiska bakgrunden till den folkliga rörelsen under franska revolutionen,” in Bengt Ankarloo (ed.), Franska revolutionen, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 1992.

“The Political Context of the Popular Movement in the French Revolution,” in Frederick Krantz (ed.), History From Below, London: Basil Blackwell, 1988.

Journal Articles

“Marx and the Politics of the First International.” Socialism and Democracy, vol. 28, n. 2, July 2014, pp. 59-82.

“«Accumulation initiale» et mode de production capitaliste [‘Primitive Accumulation’ and the Capitalist Mode of Production]”. La Pensée, n. 377, janvier-mars 2014, pp. 83-95.

“Critical Thinking and Class Analysis.” Socialism and Democracy, 27:1, March 2013, pp. 19-56.

“Die Anatomie des Affen verstehen: Historischer Materialismus und die Spezifik des Kapitalismus [Historical Materialism and the Specificity of Capitalism: Recognizing the Anatomy of the Ape].” Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung, n. 84, December 2010, pp. 104-115.

“Marx’s Context.” History of Political Thought, vol. XXI, n. 3, Autumn 2000.

“English Feudalism and the Origins of Capitalism.” Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 27, n. 4, July 2000.

“Quatre-Vingt-Neuf Revisited: Social Interests and Political Conflict in the French Revolution.” Historical Papers / Communications historique, 1989


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/POLS3020 3.0  Utopia, Power and Sovereignty LECT  
Fall 2017 AP/POLS4030 3.0  Classical Political Theory SEMR