J. A. Hobson’s Imperialism: A Study, first written in 1902, was undoubtedly his most prolific work. Yet he wrote frequently about the topic of imperialism of the course of his career, and a number of his articles are included in this collection, first published in 1992. Exploring areas such as the presence of capitalism in South Africa following his visits to the country in the lead-up to the Boer War, free trade, and the ethical implications of empire, these articles and extracts reflect how Hobson’s ideas changed over the decades in which they were written. This is a fascinating collection of material that provides an unparalleled depth of insight into the views of one of the most important economic thinkers of the early twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Can England Keep Her Trade? 2. Free Trade and Foreign Policy 3. Capitalism and Imperialism in South Africa 4. The Inner Meaning of Protectionism 5. The Ethics of Internationalism 6. South Africa as an Imperial Asset 7. The General Election: A Sociological Interpretation 8. An Economic Interpretation of Investments 9. The Open Door 10. Why the War came as a Surprise 11. Democracy after the War 12. Economic Internationalism