Imperialism (Hobson)

Imperialism (Hobson)

Infobox Book |
name = Imperialism
author = J.A. Hobson
country = United Kingdom
language = English
publisher = Cosimo
release_date =
media_type = Print (Paperback)
genre = Political Science
pages = 386
isbn = ISBN 978-1-59-605250-5

"Imperialism: A Study" was a political-economic discourse written by John A. Hobson in 1902.

The "taproot of imperialism" is not found in nationalistic pride, but industrial oligarchy. Hobson argued that imperialism is unnecessary and immoral; seeing imperialism as a result of the maldistribution of wealth in a capitalist society that created a desire to spread markets in search of profit. This work gained Hobson an international reputation. It influenced such notable thinkers as Bukharin, Lenin, and Hannah Arendt. In particular Lenin drew heavily from Hobson's work in producing his seminal "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism" (1916).

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ee also

* World-systems theory
* Imperialism
* Leninism

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