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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 StatesIn 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." Though the book speaks mostly of British imperialism of the period, Hobson inevitably explores the general principals-and hidden motives-of imperialist policy. Hobson covers: . the commercial value of imperialism . imperialism as an outlet for population . economic parasites of imperialism . imperialist finance . moral and sentimental factors . and much more. With imperialism again a hot topic in the political arena, Hobson's treatise continues to lend invaluable, necessary insight into a complex ideology. British writer JOHN ATKINSON HOBSON (1858-1940) was an historian and economist as well as a popular lecturer on the topics. His other books include The Evolution of Modern Capitalism (1894), The Economics of Distribution (1900), The Economics of Unemployment (1922), and the autobiographical Confessions of an Economic Heretic (1938)....

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ISBN : 9781596052505
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 307 Pages
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Imperialism: A Study Reviews

  • Feliks
    2019-01-22 05:57

    A useful reference book containing myriad facts & figures on the operation of the British Empire in the Victorian era. Surprisingly slim volume--you can really race through it. The first half is better than the latter: right-off-the-mark, Hobson makes no bones about identifying the true cause of imperialism. Investors and speculators and financiers. Everything else dovetails with this unwholesome and revolting truism. Colonialism simply never generated enough money on it's own via trade and markets) to make them worth their cost. No--only stock market sharpers ever gained from crown possessions. The second half of the book deals with more intangible subject matter: patriotism, religion, population issues. Less clear and more murky than the above.It really is a disturbing and disquieting little book; to see the raw, brute monetary values behind this great age of enterprise. Worth keeping on hand for random debates on Brit History.~Dzerzhp.s. another aspect which hurried me through this title: this was my first-ever experience of an 'OCR' scanned book. HORRIBLE. It turns the prose into childish GIBBERISH. Nausea-inducing, wearying, and queasy-making sensation on the eyes. And far worse than a 99% accuracy as claimed. AVOID, unless you only want to retain 30% of any book.

  • unperspicacious
    2019-02-15 02:21

    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 economy lies much closer to what Keynes would endorse later, rather than Marx. One could certainly pick apart the various problems and weaknesses in the analysis of imperialism, and there are many - ranging from problems of analytic coherence (the book's understanding of nationalism, Hobson's Kantian political solution to imperialism) to historical accuracy and balance (actual international trade figures, accounting for non-Western capitalist activity)...But this would miss the point about why so many of the features Hobson writes about seem to apply with even more resonance in recent history. For this day and age, it simply cannot be read alone, but must be seen as part of a broader dialogue with other writings: Lenin, Kautsky, Luxemburg, Hilferding, Harvey, Hardt & Negri, Mann, Fieldhouse, Cain & Hopkins, Cohen, Alatas, Fanon, Memi, Kay, Warren, just to name a few. And then one has to get to grips with the messiness of actual modern history itself, at the world, regional and local levels...a stupendously long and time-consuming enterprise...but in the end, all histories of modern 'development' are ultimately histories of imperialism of a kind...In any case, this is all just thinking out loud...I will have to revisit this book when I am more ready...

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-01-30 08:13

    Very important historically

  • Michael
    2019-02-01 07:08

  • Czarny Pies
    2019-01-26 08:05

    Ce livre est un incontournable pour l'etudiant en histoire moderne et surtout celui qui s'interesse au development de l'ideologie marxiste-leniniste. Publie en 1902 et base sur ses reflexions sur la guerre des Boers, Hobson a lance la these que la course aux colonies africaines livre au deuxieme moitie du XIXe siecle a ete la consequence de la sous-consommation de la classe ouvriere. Parce que les capitalistes donnaient pas aux ouvriers leur juste part de la richesse cree par l'industrie, ils avaient un surplus de capital qu'ils investissaient dans les entreprises coloniales qui etaient fortement risque et qui donnaient rarement un retour adequat sur le capital investi.Voila! Hobson a donne a peu de chose pres la meme these que presentera quinze ans plus tard Lénine dans L’Impérialisme, stade suprême du capitalisme. La grande difference entre les deux est que Lénine propose qu'il sera possible de faire crouler le capitalisme international en l'attaquant dans ses colonies.Je suis en desaccord et avec Hobson et avec Lenine. Cependant, je conseille tout etudiant au premier cycle en histoire de lire ces deux livres qui ont fortement marque le 20e siecle.

  • Brian
    2019-01-21 05:56

    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) and racist, but still has some pretty interesting insights about what the modern empire is all about.

  • Leonardo
    2019-02-08 06:13

    Discutido enThe Geometry of Imperialism: The Limits of Hobson's Paradigm.

  • Dina Strange
    2019-02-19 05:14

    One of the best books i've read in a while. The fact that its written in 19th century yet exactly describes the conditions of today. Damning condemnation of everything that Western civilization prizes itself for.