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

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 11/07/2002
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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 his death 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's later 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 Imperialism to present-day historians.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198203902
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 496 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I can think of no previous study which would be of such value to an undergraduate coming to Hobson for the first time, and specialists in the field will find it both informative and stimulating. * D.K. Fieldhouse (Jesus College Cambridge), The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History *
This is a first-rate book. Cain has absorbed not only the huge range of Hobson's writings but an even wider range of secondary material. His bibliography alone will be of huge value to students. * D.K. Fieldhouse (Jesus College Cambridge), The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History *
... excellent book ... we are given what I think is possibly the most balanced overall analysis of the arguments of Imperialism in the context of Hobson's intellectual development. * D.K. Fieldhouse (Jesus College Cambridge), The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History *
This is a first-rate book by an excellent scholar of British imperialism and of Hobson, which deserves to be studied by students of the history of empire and of the place of liberalism in that history. * Political Studies Review *
Cain's study will certainly encourage many historians to re-read Imperialism, and perhaps to dip into Hobson's other writings. For the able undergraduate, the research student and the historian of overseas expansion, Cain's excellent critical analysis and contextualization of Hobson's thinking about empire is required reading. * The Round Table *
A book on Hobson and imperialism written by Peter Cain, not only one of today's foremost imperial historians, but also one with a long-standing interest in Hobson's writings, thus promises much. It is a tribute to Cain that this study, the result of years of mature consideration of Hobson's thought, lives up to its promise. * The Round Table *
Peter Cain's account of the complexities and inconsistencies of Hobson's thinking on imperialism is masterly. It is the perceptive outcome of thirty years of study and reflection. It will serve as an authoritative guide to the thought of one of the most curious political economists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whose writings still retain their ability to provoke us into thinking more deeply about our world. * History of Economics Review *
Cain explores Hobson's responses to Cobden, Ruskin and the radical tradition with considerable insight and subtlety. * Martin Daunton, Times Literary Supplement *

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