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Political Economy in the Modern State, Hardback Book

Political Economy in the Modern State Hardback

Edited by Robert Babe, Edward Comor


Political Economy in the Modern State is Harold Innis's transitional and, in some respects, his most transformative book.

Completed in 1946, it is a collection of fifteen chapters plus a remarkable Preface selected and crafted to address four main themes: the problem of power and peace in the post-War era; the ascent of specialized and mechanized forms of knowledge involving, most particularly, the media, the state, and the academy; the crisis facing civilization and, more generally, the modern penchant for unreflexive short-term thinking in the face of mounting contradictions; and Innis's growing focus on what would be called media bias. In this new edition, editors Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor provide not only a general introduction to Innis's largely forgotten book but also dedicated introductions to each of its fifteen chapters and a comprehensive index.

Together, Babe and Comor demonstrate how Innis's volume reflects a shift in Innis's focus, away from analytical relativism towards, instead, a reflexive search for objective truths.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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  • Category: Media studies
  • ISBN: 9781487503840

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