Theories of Imperialism

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University of Chicago Press, 1980 - History - 180 pages
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"In recent years the discussion of imperialism has become so compartmentalized that it is difficult for somebody who is not directly involved to put the often polemical discussion and the various scientific and political positions forward into a relevant context. Mommsen's survey is an excellent guide."—German Studies, on the German edition.

"Theories of Imperialism is the most succinct, fairest, and most sophisticated statement I have seen of the range of theories of imperialism. Each set of theorists is come at in their own terms, described fairly, and summarized fully. The book is objective, readable, and short."—Robin W. Winks, Yale University
 

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Great book. Primary source for my senior thesis. Opened my eyes to the difference of De Facto vs De Jure empire.

Contents

One Older Theories of Imperialism
3
Two Marxist Theories of Imperialism
29
Three Provisional Assessment
66
Five Theories of NeoColonialism and Under
113
Imperialism as the rule of big monopolies
119
Underdevelopment as a product of imperialism
125
Imperialism as dependence based on structural violence
138
Notes
150
Bibliography
161
Index
171
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Wolfgang J. Mommsen is professor of history at Dusseldorf University and director of the German Historical Institute in London.

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