Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism

3.5 avg rating
( 10 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780860917328: Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Ever since the First World War, socialists have considered imperialism a calamity: responsible for militarism, economic stagnation, and assaults on democracy in the metropolitan countries, an impediment to economic and cultural development in the Third World. So widespread has this view become that it is shared, in its essentials, not only by Marxists but also by an entire school of liberal development economists. Bill Warren breaks with this traditional outlook, arguing that the theory of imperialism, one of Marxism’s most influential concepts, is not only contradicted by the facts, but has diluted and distorted Marxism itself.

In particular, Warren disputes the claim that “monopoly capitalism” represents the ultimate stage of senile capitalism and sets out to refute the notion that imperialism is a regressive force impeding or distorting economic development in the Third World. The book argues on the contrary that direct colonialism powerfully impelled social change in Asia and Africa, laying the foundation for a vibrant indigenous capitalism. Finally, it takes issue with the conventional view that postwar economic performance in the Third World has been disastrous, presenting a powerful empirical case that the gap between rich and poor countries is actually narrowing.

Closely argued, clearly written, original and iconoclastic, Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism is a compelling challenge to one of the chief tenets of contemporary socialist politics.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Bill Warren (1935–1978) was a British Communist, originally a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and later a contributor to New Left Review. In his last years he was a member of the British and Irish Communist Organization. He is best remembered as the author of Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism. This unconventional Marxist analysis was published posthumously in 1980 and is still being debated.

Review:

“Warren’s polemic lets a welcome gust of fresh air into a Marxist literature which has become little more than a cosy exercise in mutual reinforcement ... This is the heaviest blow yet struck at dependency theory and all its antecedents.”—MERIP

“This book is likely to be the centre of theoretical, empirical and political controversy for some years to come.”—Third World Quarterly

“Bill Warren’s study of imperialism is clearly one of the most stimulating and compelling books of recent years.”—Worker’s Life

“This book, clearly written, original in content and logic, iconoclastic and tightly argued, presents a compelling challenge to many of the chief tenets of contemporary liberal and Marxist thinkers/activists.”—Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780860910350: Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0860910350 ISBN 13: 9780860910350
Publisher: NLB, 1980
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Bill Warren
Published by Verso Books, United Kingdom (1981)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Verso Books, United Kingdom, 1981. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Ever since the First World War, socialists have considered imperialism a calamity: responsible for militarism, economic stagnation, and assaults on democracy in the metropolitan countries, an impediment to economic and cultural development in the Third World. So widespread has this view become that it is shared, in its essentials, not only by Marxists but also by an entire school of liberal development economists. Bill Warren breaks with this traditional outlook, arguing that the theory of imperialism, one of Marxism's most influential concepts, is not only contradicted by the facts, but has diluted and distorted Marxism itself. In particular, Warren disputes the claim that "monopoly capitalism" represents the ultimate stage of senile capitalism and sets out to refute the notion that imperialism is a regressive force impeding or distorting economic development in the Third World. The book argues on the contrary that direct colonialism powerfully impelled social change in Asia and Africa, laying the foundation for a vibrant indigenous capitalism. Finally, it takes issue with the conventional view that postwar economic performance in the Third World has been disastrous, presenting a powerful empirical case that the gap between rich and poor countries is actually narrowing. Closely argued, clearly written, original and iconoclastic, Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism is a compelling challenge to one of the chief tenets of contemporary socialist politics. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.81
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Bill Warren
Published by Verso Books, United Kingdom (1981)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Verso Books, United Kingdom, 1981. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Ever since the First World War, socialists have considered imperialism a calamity: responsible for militarism, economic stagnation, and assaults on democracy in the metropolitan countries, an impediment to economic and cultural development in the Third World. So widespread has this view become that it is shared, in its essentials, not only by Marxists but also by an entire school of liberal development economists. Bill Warren breaks with this traditional outlook, arguing that the theory of imperialism, one of Marxism's most influential concepts, is not only contradicted by the facts, but has diluted and distorted Marxism itself. In particular, Warren disputes the claim that "monopoly capitalism" represents the ultimate stage of senile capitalism and sets out to refute the notion that imperialism is a regressive force impeding or distorting economic development in the Third World. The book argues on the contrary that direct colonialism powerfully impelled social change in Asia and Africa, laying the foundation for a vibrant indigenous capitalism. Finally, it takes issue with the conventional view that postwar economic performance in the Third World has been disastrous, presenting a powerful empirical case that the gap between rich and poor countries is actually narrowing. Closely argued, clearly written, original and iconoclastic, Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism is a compelling challenge to one of the chief tenets of contemporary socialist politics. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Warren, Bill
Published by Verso Books (1980)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Verso Books, 1980. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CA-9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Bill Warren
Published by Verso Books, United Kingdom (1981)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Verso Books, United Kingdom, 1981. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Ever since the First World War, socialists have considered imperialism a calamity: responsible for militarism, economic stagnation, and assaults on democracy in the metropolitan countries, an impediment to economic and cultural development in the Third World. So widespread has this view become that it is shared, in its essentials, not only by Marxists but also by an entire school of liberal development economists. Bill Warren breaks with this traditional outlook, arguing that the theory of imperialism, one of Marxism's most influential concepts, is not only contradicted by the facts, but has diluted and distorted Marxism itself. In particular, Warren disputes the claim that "monopoly capitalism" represents the ultimate stage of senile capitalism and sets out to refute the notion that imperialism is a regressive force impeding or distorting economic development in the Third World. The book argues on the contrary that direct colonialism powerfully impelled social change in Asia and Africa, laying the foundation for a vibrant indigenous capitalism. Finally, it takes issue with the conventional view that postwar economic performance in the Third World has been disastrous, presenting a powerful empirical case that the gap between rich and poor countries is actually narrowing. Closely argued, clearly written, original and iconoclastic, Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism is a compelling challenge to one of the chief tenets of contemporary socialist politics. Seller Inventory # BTA9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Warren, Bill
Published by Verso
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Verso. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0860917320 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI212A0221846

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.53
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Bill Warren (author)
Published by Verso Books 1980-09-01, London (1980)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Verso Books 1980-09-01, London, 1980. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Bill Warren
Published by Verso Books
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Verso Books. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.86
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.02
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Warren, Bill
Published by Verso Books (1980)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Verso Books, 1980. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CA-9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

9.

Warren, Bill
Published by Verso 5/17/1980 (1980)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Verso 5/17/1980, 1980. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780860917328

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Bill Warren
Published by Verso (1980)
ISBN 10: 0860917320 ISBN 13: 9780860917328
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Verso, 1980. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0860917320

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book