The Changing Face of Imperialism: Colonialism to Contemporary Capitalism Edited by : Sunanda Sen and Maria Cristina Marcuzzo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 978-1138543270

Hardback | 338 pages | Price INR 995

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About the Book

This volume reiterates the relevance of imperialism in the present, as a continuous arrangement, from the early years of empire-colonies to the prevailing pattern of expropriation across the globe. While imperialism as an arrangement of exploitation has sustained over ages, measures deployed to achieve the goals have gone through variations, depending on the network of the prevailing power structure. Providing a historical as well as a conceptual account of imperialism in its ‘classical’ context, this collection brings to the fore an underlying unity which runs across the diverse pattern of imperialist order over time. Dealing with theory, the past and the contemporary, the study concludes by delving into the current conjuncture in Latin America, the United States and Asia.

The Changing Face of Imperialism will provide fresh ideas for future research into the shifting patterns of expropriation – spanning the early years of sea-borne plunder and the empire- colonies of nineteenth-century to contemporary capitalism, which is rooted in neoliberalism, globalization and free market ideology.
With contributions from major experts in the field, this book will be a significant intervention. It will be of interest to scholars and researchers of economics, politics, sociology and history, especially those dealing with imperial history and colonialism.


  • Introduction – Sunanda Sen and Maria Cristina Marcuzzo

Part I: The Conceptual Basis of Imperialism

  • Imperialism ‘Old’ and the ‘New’: Departures and Continuities – Satyaki Roy
  • Marx’s Capital and the Global Crisis – John Smith
  • Reflections on Contemporary Imperialism – Prabhat Patnaik
  • The Particularity of Imperialism in the Stage of Neoliberal Globalisation and Global Capitalism: A Dialogue between Nikolai Bukharin and Aimé Césaire – Anjan Chakrabarti
  • Is Imperialism a Relevant Concept in Today’s World? – Subhanil Chowdhury

Part II: Patterns of Contemporary Imperialism

  • Latin American in the New International Order: New Forms of Economic Organisations and Old Forms Surplus Appropriation – Noemi Levy Orlik
  • Latin America and Imperialism – Amiya Kumar Bagchi
  • Did U. S. Workers Gain from U. S. Imperialism (1985–2000)? – Gerald Epstein

Part III: Imperialism and the Colonial Context

  • India’s Global Trade And Britain’s International Dominance – Utsa Patnaik
  • Unrequited Exports of Labour from India in Late 19th and early 20th centuries: Britain’s Financial Interest in Plantation Colonies – Sunanda Sen]
  • Labour Laws and the Global Economy: the Discourse of Labour Control and Welfare in India, 1919–47 – Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Part IV: Contemporary Capitalism and the Indian Economy

  • Financialisation in Contemporary Capitalism: an Inter- sectoral approach to Trace Sources of Instability in Finance, Real Estate and Business Services in India – Sukanya Bose and Abhishek Kumar
  • Contemporary Imperialism and Labour: an Analytical Note – Byasdeb Dasgupta
  • ‘Emerging’ Third World Capitalism and the New Imperialism: the Case of India – Surajit Mazumdar

About the Editor

Sunanda Sen is former Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Maria Cristina Marcuzzo is Professor of Economics, University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’, Italy, and Fellow of the Italian Academy of Lincei

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