Print details Printable details


Marxist Theories of Imperialism: A History

Marxist Theories of Imperialism: A History
Murray Noonan

  • Hardback | In Stock | £72.00

  • Hardback | In Stock | $99.00

    add to basket


For Marxists, imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism. Critical analysis of imperialism has been a feature of Marxist throughout the twentieth century. The conceptualising and theorising of imperialism by Marxists has evolved over time in response to developments in the global capitalist economy and in international politics. Murray Noonan here provides the first complete analysis of Marxist theories of imperialism in over two decades. Presenting three phases of imperialist theories, he analyses and compares 'Classical', 'Neo' and 'Globalisation-era' Marxist theories of imperialism. The book moves chronologically, tracking the origins of imperialism theorised by J.A. Hobson at the beginning of the twentieth century up to the present day. He critically identifies and engages with a new 'Globalisation-era' phase of Marxist imperialism theory. Through a detailed scholarly analysis of the history and evolution of these theories, Noonan offers vital new perspectives on imperialist theory and its relevance and application in the twenty-first century.

Author Info

Murray Noonan is a visiting research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University. He holds a PhD from Victoria University, Melbourne.


‘Since no human practice can be eternal, natural and universal, we must refresh our understanding of capitalist imperialism to keep pace with its actualities. That exercise, in turn, requires revisiting previous explications. All this, and more, is clarified in Murray Noonan’s analytical survey. Marxist Theories of Imperialism will engage students, be a source book for teachers, a treasure trove for researchers and a spur to action against its subject’s current manifestations in the U.S. corporate warfare state.’ - Humphrey McQueen, author of The Essence of Capitalism

 ‘Imperialism intrigued prominent followers of Marx – Rosa Luxemburg, V.I. Lenin, N.I. Bukharin and Rudolf Hilferding. A few decades later, Paul Fox, Michael Barrett-Brown and Tom Kemp severally developed the theme of ‘theories of imperialism’. Kemp’s fine 1970 study has come to need updating. This has now been done in fine style by Murray Noonan. With a massive research effort, he has advanced both those Marxian traditions.’ - Bruce McFarlane, Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Asia (1975-2005)

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Historical Studies

ISBN: 9781784537494
Publication Date: 06 Apr 2017
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 222
Width: 140
Illustrations: 12 black and white illustrations

Also of Interest

Communism in Rural France: French Agricultural Workers and the Popular Front

Communism in Rural France
John Bulaitis
£77.00 | $120.00

Workers Against Lenin: Labour Protest and the Bolshevik Dictatorship, 1920-22

Workers Against Lenin
Jonathan Aves
£85.00 | $135.00

New Book Alerts

Sign up now

Powered by Google