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Theories of Imperialism

"In recent years the discussion of imperialism has become so compartmentalized that it is difficult for somebody who is not directly involved to put the often polemical discussion and the various scientific and political positions forward into a relevant context. Mommsen’s survey is an excellent guide."—German Studies, on the German edition.

"Theories of Imperialism is the most succinct, fairest, and most sophisticated statement I have seen of the range of theories of imperialism. Each set of theorists is come at in their own terms, described fairly, and summarized fully. The book is objective, readable, and short."—Robin W. Winks, Yale University

190 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1980

History: General History

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition
1. Older Theories of Imperialism
1. Classic political theories
2. Classic economic theories
2. Marxist Theories of Imperialism
1. Classic Marxist and Marxist-Leninist theory
3. Provisional Assessment
4. More Recent Western Interpretations

1. Imperialism as extreme nationalism and as a phenomenon of power politics
2. Objectivist theories
3. Socio-economic theories
4. The theory of free-trade imperialism
5. Socio-imperialist theories
6. Peripheral theories of imperialism
5. Theories of Neo-Colonialism and Underdevelopment
1. Imperialism as state monopoly capitalism
2. Imperialism as the rule of big monopolies
3. Underdevelopment as a product of imperialism
4. Imperialism as dependence based on ’structural violence’
6. Summary and Prospects

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