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Imperialism : The Highest Stage of Capitalism

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'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...

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"...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.

Still a Clasic

This is one of Lenin's major works. He shows how the economical system of capitalism leads to large contradictions between states and war. A clasic still relevant in theese times of "globalisation" (imperialism).

Canadians never could understand socialism.

Although often too complex for most Canucks, it logically states yet another case against capitalism. Whether he was right or not, and whether his theories were applied is up to the reader.
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