The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

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Marxism and Imperialism

  • Alex SuttonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91206-6_243-1
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The relationship between Marxism and imperialism has been established since the writings of Marx himself. However, the Marxian study of imperialism since then has developed from a belief that, while some analysis of imperialism was present in the works of Marx, a dedicated analysis of the state and the international sphere had been left at an embryonic stage. The phenomenon of imperialism, while discussed by Marx in a number of instances, was not given the same sustained critical attention as other issues in his work. Imperialism, therefore, to Marxism has always been a ‘problem’ of some form. Indeed, the ‘problem’ of imperialism derives from a number of perceived sources: gaps in Marx’s own writing; an explanation for why capitalism endures; an account of the phenomenon of globalisation. This essay contends that the ongoing relationship between Marxism and imperialism reveals one of Marxism’s...

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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of WarwickWarwickUK