[Marxism] An introuction to imperialism

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 1 23:05:22 MST 2018


(The late) Doug Lorimer was a longtime Australian Marxist activist and
educator.

One of his many interesting writings was this, an introuction to Lenin's
*Imperialism*.

"The term “imperialism” came into common usage in England in the 1890s as a
development of the older term “empire” by the advocates of a major effort
to extend the British Empire in opposition to the policy of concentrating
on national economic development, the supporters of which the advocates of
imperialism dismissed as “Little Englanders”. The term was rapidly taken
into other languages to describe the contest between rival European states
to secure colonies and spheres of influence in Africa and Asia, a contest
that dominated international politics from the mid-1880s to 1914, and
caused this period to be named the 'age of imperialism'.

"The first systematic critique of imperialism was made by the English
bourgeois social-reformist economist John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940) in
his 1902 book Imperialism: A Study, which, as Lenin observes at the
beginning of his own book on the subject, “gives a very good and
comprehensive description of the principal specific economic and political
features of imperialism” (see below, p. 33).

"Lenin had long been familiar with. . ."

full at: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/19046/


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