by J. A. Hobson
Introduction by Nathaniel Mehr
Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn MP
First published in 1902, Hobson�s seminal work was among the first to make the link between political economy and the imperialist expansionism of the advanced capitalist nations at the turn of the 20th Century. A devastating moral critique of the murderous cynicism of imperialism, Hobson�s book paved the way for the influential Marxist theories of imperialism advanced by Lenin and Bukharin and others. It provides an invaluable framework for understanding militarism and war in the 21st Century.
‘It�s a depressing reflection on our condition that J A Hobson�s pioneering study of the relationship between finance and empire retains much actuality today, more than a hundred years after it was first published. It is good to have this classic work available again. Nathaniel Mehr�s critical introduction admirably situates Imperialism both historically and in relation to the debates it helped to shape among Marxists from Lenin and Bukharin to Harvey and Negri.’
Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies, King’s College London, and author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy.
‘Hobson’s book remains an indispensable starting point for the understanding of imperialism. Spokesman are to be congratulated for making it available once more.’
John Newsinger, author of The Blood Never Dried: A People�s History of the British Empire.
�Hobson’s Imperialism belongs to the small group of books in the years from 1900 to the outbreak of war that have definitely changed the contours of social thought.’
Llewellyn James – Socialist Review, March 2011