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.

chapter |11 pages


part I|115 pages

The conceptual basis of imperialism

chapter 1|22 pages

Imperialism, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’

Departures and continuities

chapter 4|26 pages

The particularity of imperialism in the stage of neoliberal globalisation and global capitalism

A dialogue between Nikolai Bukharin and Aimé Césaire 1

part II|69 pages

Patterns of contemporary imperialism

chapter 6|29 pages

Latin America in the new international order

New forms of economic organisations and old forms of surplus appropriation

chapter 7|11 pages

Latin America and imperialism

part III|66 pages

Imperialism and the colonial context

chapter 10|21 pages

Unrequited exports of labour from India in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries

Britain’s financial interest in plantation colonies

chapter 11|18 pages

Labour laws and the global economy

The discourse of labour control and welfare in India, 1919–1947

part IV|65 pages

Contemporary capitalism and the Indian economy

chapter 12|28 pages

Financialisation in contemporary capitalism

An inter-sectoral approach to trace sources of instability in finance, real estate and business services in India

chapter 13|15 pages

Contemporary imperialism and labour

An analytical note