Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism / Edition 1

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Overview

'Globalisation' is the buzzword of the 1990s. VI Lenin's Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism was one of the first attempts to account for the increasing importance of the world market in the twentieth century. Originally published in 1916, Imperialism explains how colonialism and the First World War were inherent features of the global development of the capitalist economy.

In a new introduction, Norman Lewis and James Malone contrast Lenin's approach with that adopted by contemporary theories of globalisation. They argue that, while much has changed since Lenin wrote, his theoretical framework remains the best method for understanding recent global developments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745310350
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,044,441
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudolf Rocker (1873-1958) was a leading figure in the international anarchist movement. Politically active in Britain, Germany and the United States for more than half a century, Rocker helped found several influential anarchist groups. His prolific lectures and writings made him one of the best-known proponents of liberty and freedom. Anarcho-Syndicalism, the most accessible of his works, was first published in 1938 and is now regarded as a classic survey of anarchism at a critical point in world politics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Preface to the Russian edition 1
Preface to the French and German editions 3
Imperialism: the highest stage of capitalism 9
1 Concentration of production and monopolies 11
2 The banks and their new role 27
3 Finance capital and financial oligarchy 45
4 The export of capital 61
5 The division of the world among capitalist combines 67
6 The division of the world among the great powers 77
7 Imperialism as a special stage of capitalism 89
8 The parasitism and decay of capitalism 101
9 The critique of imperialism 113
10 The place of imperialism in history 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    The World We live in

    Many make the mistake of believing imperialism is a policy, a policy that only relates to the domination of the countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America by the dominant industrial countries of Europe, Japan, and North America. Imperialism, Lenin explains is the rise of control of the big monopoly capital, the fusion of huge corporations and banks that dominate not just the relations between the developed and underdeveloped world, but also dominate the economy inside the imperialist countries. Lenin teaches in graphic detail how the great trusts and banks took control over the economies of the US and Europe, and reduced smaller businesses and banks to their thralls, before pushing them off a cliff. The world since Lenin wrote this book has gone farther in the direction that Lenin discovered than he could have predicted. Even a couple decades ago, no one would have predicted a WalMart, or the total destruction of small local inexpensive restaurants by franchises of all kinds. The corner druggist, grocer, liquor store operator, hardware store operator, the independent local bookstore, have all been replaced by huge monopolies battling it out with huger monopolies. This is a dance of death. The battles between these monopolies as Lenin outlines here become less and less concerned with all production and more and more concerned with their theft of fictious paper values, more and more with their monsterous crush for profit, profit profit, and the results for working people, farmers, youth, seniors in this country is before us now. We teeter on the brink of a depression. Both parties work in their ways to take away social security, reduce unemployment, and prevent medical care for working people. Imperialism, not Bush or Kerry, Clinton, or Gore is responsible for the socalled war on terrorism in which the biggest terrorist in the World, the US military seek to do nothing less but crush all resistance to their greed on the planet. Working people, youth looking for answers, and the peoples of the nations crushed by imperialism for more than a century, need the answers in this book. We are glad Pathfinder is keeping this in print so they can use those answers to change the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    '...clarifying the world as it is today.'

    This pamphlet by Lenin was first published 90 years ago in the midst of World War I and on the eve of the Russian revolution. In this work Lenin sets out to achieve two things; first, to give a concise and scientific explanation of the nature of Imperialism and, secondly, to debate the ideas of influential and long time German Social Democratic Party leader Karl Kautsky who, under the pressure of war helped to lead the capitulation of the majority of his party to the side of the German ruling class. Advocates for social change familiar with arguments on the ¿left¿ blaming the cause of the today¿s ills on various forms of globalisation, - which is meant to represent a more aggressive and rapacious form of imperialism - will find Lenin¿s polemic against Kautsky invaluable. Lenin presents a more than convincing case that what we see today is no more than the normal workings of imperialism and therein lays the source of the problem Taking in Lenin¿s five principal features of imperialism starting from the first chapters is essential to understanding his discussion with Kautsky near the end of pamphlet. In fact, it goes a long way to clarifying the world as it is today.

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