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Epilogue

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This epilogue shows that it was only later in Marx's life that he began to follow through on his own critique of the tendency of the economists to naturalise the economy and reach an understanding of the importance of how it was the structure of the social relations of property in any given society that shaped the development of its productive forces and not the other way around. Next, it talks about Peel, a man who had aggressively and perhaps ruthlessly pursued the establishment of a capitalist social order. The epilogue then briefs the 1851 'workshop of the world'. The instruments of high farming were on prominent display, a sign that British agriculture was in the process of being reorganised along lines more fully resembling the logic under which production was organised in the factory. Henceforward, agrarian capitalism was to become increasingly drawn into a general system.

Keywords:agrarian capitalism; capitalist social order; Karl Marx; Peel; workshop of the world

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