Lenin's Imperialism nearly 100 years on: an outdated paradigm?

Marshall, A. (2014) Lenin's Imperialism nearly 100 years on: an outdated paradigm? Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory, 42(3), pp. 317-333. (doi: 10.1080/03017605.2014.972615)

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Lenin's <i>Imperialism. The Highest Stage of Capitalism</i> formed part of the canon of mainstream Marxist writing for much of the 20th century, and also represented a critical reference point for Marxist attempts to interpret international relations for much of the same period. At one and the same time both a stinging condemnation of the betrayal of the European working class by their political leaders in 1914, and a synthesis, with some original elements, of existing contemporary Marxist theory on imperialism, Lenin's ‘popular outline’ subsequently (from around the time of the ‘New Left’ onwards) came under increasing fire for being incoherent, irrelevant and overrated. This article revisits both the contemporary genesis of the text, and the question of its longer term pertinence and relevance in the light of capitalism's current crisis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Marshall, Dr Alexander
Authors: Marshall, A.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1748-8605
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Critique: A Journal of Socialist Theory 42(3):317-333
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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