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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Rethinking Imperialism

ISBN 9780230201057
Publication Date April 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Rethinking World Politics

Imperialism has become a key focus of debate about world politics in the post-9/11 world. This major new text provides a systematic reappraisal of the evolution of the phenomenon and the concept from the 19th century as the basis for a reassessment of Globalization and US hegemony in the world today.

  • Short-listed for the IPEG 2011 Book Prize

RAY KIELY is Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

What is Imperialism?
Capitalism and the Origins of Imperialism
Liberal Imperialism and Capitalist Expansion
Classical Imperialism 1870-1945
US Hegemony, the Cold War and the Post-War Boom
Neo-Liberalism and US Imperialism in the Post-Cold War World
Imperialism after 9/11: New Challenges to US Hegemony
Conclusion: Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism Today.


A clear, comprehensive and compelling assessment of the contemporary debate about empire and its relationship to the history of imperialism and the key classic theories.' – Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge, UK
'Ray Kiely's wonderfully wide-ranging study … has rethought an idea and opened up a discussion that should now move from the margins to the centre stage.' Michael Cox, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
'[T]he broad range of interlinked themes covered and the overall quality of the book make Rethinking Imperialism a vital addition to the revised literature on imperialism and empire' – Cemal Burak Tansel, POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW
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