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    How to Hide an Empire: John Hobson’s Critique of Imperialism

    How to hide an empire? This question that has troubled imperialists for more than a century has always revolved around the nomenclature of imperialism. In 1902, in Imperialism: A Study, John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940) regarded it as interrelated with “nationalism”, “internationalism” and “colonialism” concept. He believes that the referents of the four are all erratic and overlap with each other. For Hobson, British imperialism was an economic policy, the result of manufacturing-based traders after the Industrial Revolution who had to look outward for wider markets due to “underconsumption” within Britain. This kind of global expansion of the economy with “free trade” as the core that followed the Industrial Revolution did…

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