By Peter Cain
The yr 2002 sees the centenary of J.A. Hobson's Imperialism: A research, the main influential critique of British imperial growth ever written. Peter Cain marks the celebration by way of comparing, for the 1st time, Hobson's writings on imperialism from his days as a journalist in London to his dying in 1940. The early chapters chart Hobson's growth from complacent imperialist within the Eighties to radical critic of empire by way of 1898. this is often via an account of the origins of Imperialism and a detailed research of the textual content within the context of latest debates. chapters conceal Hobson's later writings, displaying their richness and diversity, and analysing his selection to republish Imperialism in 1938. the writer discusses the reception of Imperialism and its emergence as a 'classic' through the past due Thirties and ends with a close dialogue of the relevance of the arguments of Imperialism to present-day historians.
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Confessions, 26. 18 Becoming a New Liberal 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 21 movement by the likes of Bernard Bosanquet, D. G. Richie, and J. H. 24 Since it encouraged people to co-operate with each other to produce commodities rather than fight—or, in Spencer’s words, it furthered the movement from a ‘militant’ society to an ‘industrial’ one—most liberal and radical thinkers were clear that the Industrial Revolution had been a progressive force.
169–73. 103 Ibid. 164–5. 104 Hobson’s celebration of Paine in A Modern Outlook (1910) is rather superficial and his reference in The Social Problem (21) is equally unrevealing. The Rainbow Circle showed no insight into Paine’s revolutionary economic proposals. ), Minutes of the Rainbow Circle, 96–8. 105 The Social Problem, 220. 106 Ibid. 66–8. 107 Ibid. 243–7. 108 It is not easy to reconcile this with the pluralism at the heart of the liberal tradition. 109 Moreover, although he occasionally supported attitudes and programmes which today seem highly illiberal, Hobson proved to be a keen champion of individualism on a number of occasions when he felt that the state power was becoming too great, as was the case during the First World War.
56 C. Bradlaugh, Labour and Law (1891), 101–3; Robertson, The Fallacy of Saving, ch. 8. 57 J. A. Hobson, ‘The Cost of a Shorter Working Day’, National Review, 15 (1890), esp. 196, 202. For Alfred Marshall’s position see his Principles of Economics (variorum edn. Cambridge, 1961), i. 693–702. For the Tory principles on which the National Review was run see Walter E. ), The Wellesley Index of Victorian Periodicals, ii (Toronto, 1972), 529–32. 58 J. A. Hobson, ‘The Law of the Three Rents’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 5 (1890–1), 263–88; repr.