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First published in 1917, Democracy After the War considers the challenges faced in the development of liberal democracy. Hobson emphasises the power of reactionary forces and their ability to hold back progress, reiterating his view that the crux of the problem lies in the inequalities in income and wealth which led to imperialism. Through analysing the economic foundations of imperialist conflicts, Hobson comes to the conclusion that the success of democracy rests on the recognised importance of personal liberty.
Preface; Part I: The Enemies of Democracy 1. Militarism and the Will to Power 2. Militarism and Capitalism 3. The Defence of Improperty 4. Protectionism and Imperialism 5. Political and Intellectual Reactionists 6. Spiritual and Social Reactionists Part II: The Defence of Democracy 1. How to Break the Vicious Circle 2. The New Economic Situation 3. Two Problems for Labour 4. The Conquest of the State 5. The Close State Versus Internationalism; Index
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