Books to read. Imperalism by HOBSON

For JOHN ATKINSON HOBSON (1858-1940), Imperialism was a product of capitalism.

The author covers the economics and the politics of imperialism.

His analysis on the economics of imperialism includes the measure of imperialism, the commercial value of imperialism, imperialism as an outlet for population, economic parasites of imperialism, imperialism based on protection and imperialist finance.

In this book, Hobson explores the general motives of imperialist policy.  His study on the politics of imperialism considers the political significance of imperialism, the scientific defence of imperialism, moral and sentimental factors, imperialism in the lower races and imperialism in Asia.

In the aftermath of the current global crisis, imperialism seems to be a relevant topic in the political arena. That is why Hobson’s contribution continues to lend fruitful insights.

You can find the book at:

http://www.marxists.org/archive/hobson/1902/imperialism/

http://files.libertyfund.org/files/127/Hobson_0052_EBk_v6.0.pdf

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