Imperialism: A Study
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Imperialism: A Study

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In his Preface to the 1902 first edition of Imperialism: A Study, imperial critic J.A. Hobson demonstrates his prophetic talents by noting, just as the Victorian age was ending and World War I was brewing, that "Imperialism has been adopted as a more or less conscious policy by several European States and threatens to break down the political isolation of the United States...more
Published September 30th 2005 by Cosimo Classics (first published November 30th 1901)
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Very important historically
So much valuable ink has been spilled in response to this hundred-year old book - and the later works and actions that it inspired - that to give it any kind of starred rating at all feels like an petty insult. Its chief value lies its pioneering systematic treatment of imperialism as a leading force within the international political economy, and the analytic links made between finance capital, domestic inequality and competing empires. For better or worse, the book's understanding of political...more
A liberal critique of imperialism (especially British imperialism) written very early in the 20th century... What's interesting to me about this book is how relevant his critiques could be to US imperialism today, as much as I disagree with his perspective. His detailed speculations about how and why China is destined to be an economic superpower are also pretty interesting and worth updating. The author is quite nationalist (while at the same time calling for strong international institutions)...more
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