Capitalism, Aristocracy and Empire: Some ‘Classical’ Theories of Imperialism Revisited

  title={Capitalism, Aristocracy and Empire: Some ‘Classical’ Theories of Imperialism Revisited},
  author={Peter J. Cain},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={25 - 47}
  • P. Cain
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
The recent revival of interest in the relationship between aristocratic and gentlemanly elites and the evolution of the British empire suggests the need for a revaluation of some of the ‘classical’ theorists of imperialism whom a number of prominent historians of British imperialism have acknowledged as important precursors. The major figures considered here are: Hobson, whose roots in British anti-aristocratic radicalism are being re-examined at present; Joseph Schumpeter whose early essay on… 
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