The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

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| Editors: Immanuel Ness, Zak Cope

France and Political Economy of Contemporary Imperialism

  • Claude SerfatiEmail author
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Imperialism has been going through different historical configurations of the relations between the dynamics of capital accumulation and the interstate system – which includes military power as a key component. Imperialism defines, on the one hand, a general feature of capitalism as a global political economy and, on the other hand, a particular practice of individual states. The contemporary period is analyzed against this analytical background. The case of France is offered to confirm the relevance of imperialism’s theories.

This essay addresses two main issues. One is the relevance of theories of imperialism to investigate the contemporary period and two to describe where France stands on the world space. Its goal is not to deliver an exegesis of what Marxist said about imperialism one century ago, neither the divergences between them, no more than to list the actual relevance of the main characteristics they deciphered at their time. The core of the argument deployed for...


Imperialism Militarism Finance capital National security “2008 moment” France 
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  1. 1.Cemotev (University of Saint-quentin-en-yvelines) and IRESSaint-quentin-en-yvelinesFrance