@text: First published in 1984, this study examines closely the shifting attitudes towards, and theories concerning, imperialism, from the colonial wars of the late nineteenth century to America’s involvement in Vietnam. This lucid investigation encompasses the World Wars, the disintegration of the Colonies and the Cold War. It also gives fascinating insight into the theories of imperialism advocated by such diverse writers as Hobson, Wilshire, Angell, Brailsford, Luxemberg and Lenin.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. America’s First Capitalist Theory of Capitalist Imperialism 2. H. Gaylord Wilshire and the First Socialist Theory of Capitalist Imperialism 3. J. A. Hobson and the Economic Taproot of Imperialism 4. Hobson’s Study of Imperialism 5. British Discussion of Imperialism and War on the Eve of World War I – Norman Angel and H. N. Brailsford 6. Central European Socialists and Imperialism before the First World War 7. Explaining the German ‘Betrayal’; Luxemburg, Bukharin and Lenin 8. Assessing the Prospects for Peaceful Capitalism, Thorstein Veblen and Joseph Schumpeter 9. Concise Exposition of Classic Theories of Imperialism 10. Theories of Imperialism become ‘Theories of Empire’ 11. The Patriots Fight Back; the Round Tale Tradition in Imperial Historiography 12. Hot War, Cold War and Decolonisation 13. Sorting out Historical Problems of Imperialism; Index