Lecture 3. Theory: Imperialism Then and Now<

In lecture 2, it was suggested that current theories of global political economy at the international level are weak and that the 19th and early 20th century theories of imperialism were the most developed and able to deal with transactions between societies and peoples. This lecture considers the theories of imperialism. The elements of these theories are examined, including the reason for foreign expansion and the difficulties of displaced power demands. The problems of imperial dysfunction, the demand of hegemonic powers to impose their models of political economy make these earlier theorists relevant in the 21st century. In conclusion, a sketch of global realism and neo-materialism as two analytical tools is provided.

10 slides

1. Power and Heterogeneity: Theories of Imperialism

2. Theories of Imperialism

3. Disraeli, Rhodes, Lenin, Hobson, Schumpeter

4. Contemporary Importance of Theories of Imperialism

5. Imperial Dysfunction

6. Disraeli and Dutch Financial System - 1689

7. Opel Fights to Keep Seat of Power

8. "Countries Where Shell Operates that have Security Concerns"

9. Twentieth Century Changes: Resource Needs and Cheaper Communications

10. In Conclusion: Global Realism and Neo-Materialism