© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156920610X491411 Historical Materialism 18 (2010) 209–212 brill.nl/hima Capital in General A: arra ʾ smāl bišaklin ʿ ām. – G: Kapital im Allgemeinen. F: capital en général. – R: kapital voobšče. S: capital en general. – C: ziben yiban. From the Grundrisse to his work on the 1861– 3 Manuscripts, the term ‘Capital in General’ was a central reference point in Marx ’s economic research. Its relevance to Marx ’s Capital, however, is controversial. Two issues are contested: ﬁ rst, the importance of the concept, including the use Marx intended for it in the presentation of his critique of political economy; second, why (or even whether) he abandoned the idea. 1. When Marx published the ﬁ rst result of his economic studies in 1859, the title was Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy ; but it presented only two chapters (‘Commodities’ and ‘Money or Simple Circulation’) of a ‘Book’ on ‘Capital’, of which ‘Section One’ was ‘Capital in General’; furthermore, Capital was to be only the ﬁ rst of a projected six books ( MECW 29, 257; 261; 267; 269). However, when the ﬁ rst volume of Marx ’s masterpiece appeared
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