Capitalism and imperialism

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The relationship between capitalism and imperialism has been a major theme in the scholarship on empires. After considering the terms, this entry reviews the major traditions which have explored this relationship. It explores “classical” liberal and Marxist treatments, then later scholarship on the links between capitalism and the causes and consequences of imperial expansion, and recent works on globalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Empire
EditorsJohn Mackenzie, Nigel Dalziel
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISBN (Electronic)9781118455074
ISBN (Print)978-1118440643
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2016


  • capitalism
  • commerce and trade
  • economic history
  • foreign interventionism
  • historiography
  • imperial history
  • imperialism and conquest
  • world


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