Hobson and Imperialism: Radicalism, New Liberalism, and Finance 1887-1938

Hardcover | August 1, 2002

byP. J. CainEditorPeter Cain

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The year 2002 sees the centenary of J. A. Hobson's Imperialism: A Study, the most influential critique of British imperial expansion ever written. P. J. Cain marks the occasion by evaluating, for the first time, Hobson's writings on imperialism from his days as a journalist in London to hisdeath in 1940. The early chapters chart Hobson's progress from complacent imperialist in the 1880s to radical critic of empire by 1898. This is followed by an account of the origins of Imperialism and a close analysis of the text in the context of contemporary debates. Two chapters cover Hobson'slater writings, showing their richness and variety, and analysing his decision to republish Imperialism in 1938. The author discusses the reception of Imperialism and its emergence as a 'classic' by the late 1930s and ends with a detailed discussion of the relevance of the arguments of Imperialismto present-day historians.

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The year 2002 sees the centenary of J. A. Hobson's Imperialism: A Study, the most influential critique of British imperial expansion ever written. P. J. Cain marks the occasion by evaluating, for the first time, Hobson's writings on imperialism from his days as a journalist in London to hisdeath in 1940. The early chapters chart Hobson...

P. J. Cain is a Research Professor in History, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.89 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019820390X

ISBN - 13:9780198203902

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Becoming a New Liberal 1887-18983. Becoming an Anti-Imperialist 1887-984. The Economics of Imperialism 1899-19025. Imperialism. A Study: Parasitism and Industry6. Dilemmas of a New Liberal: Free Trade, Foreign Investment and Imperialism 1903-19147. Late Variations on a Famous Theme 1914-19388. Hobson Lives? Finance, Finance Capital and British Imperialsm 1870-1914

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`... the study illustrates the relevance of Hobson's questions to contemporary scholars of the history of the British Empire.'Political Studies Review