Friday September 4th, 2015, 8:25 am (EDT)

Imperialism

More (or Less) on Globalization

Much has been written about “globalization” in the last few years. It is not my intention to add to this literature but only to put the topic into the context of my own understanding of the history of capitalism.…Globalization is not a condition or a phenomenon: it is a process that has been going on for a long time, in fact ever since capitalism came into the world as a viable form of society four or five centuries ago; (dating the birth of capitalism is an interesting problem but not relevant for present purposes). What is relevant and important, is to understand that capitalism is in its innermost essence an expanding system both internally and externally. Once rooted, it both grows and spreads. The classic analysis of this double movement is of course Marx’s Capital.… | more |

In Our Time: The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion

In Our Time: The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion

When British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from his Munich meetings with Adolf Hitler in September 1938, he proclaimed that he held in his hands a document guaranteeing “peace in our time.” In the decades since, Chamberlain’s folly has become the occasion for a commonplace historical lesson: that when the “good” innocently accept the assurances of the “evil,” the result is catastrophic.… | more |

Let Them Eat Ketchup!

Let Them Eat Ketchup!

The Politics of Poverty and Inequality

Let Them Eat Ketchup! — the title comes from a Reagan administration decision to classify ketchup as a vegetable in federal school lunch programs — explains: how governments define and measure poverty, how and why official definitions of poverty fall short, and the failure to deal with the real suffering and inequality in our “class-free” society. … | more |

Yugoslavia Dismembered

Yugoslavia Dismembered

The crisis in the former Yugoslavia has raised questions of universal importance. What are the rights of nations, peoples, and minority communities in an age when national boundaries are swept aside in the name of “ethnic cleansing?” Catherine Samary shows how the refusal to recognize any national identity except “pure” ethnicity has served as a pretext for the butchering of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and poses a threat to modern pluralist national boundaries everywhere. In response, Samary argues: “There must be different ways of being a ‘people.’ Forming a separate country for one single group is not (and must not be) the only choice.” Drawing from past experiences in the region, Samary outlines compelling and challenging alternatives to the surrender of pluralism and democracy to ultranationalist military might.… | more |

The Conquest of America

The Conquest of America

How the Indian Nations Lost Their Continent

This sequel to the author’s best-selling Columbus: His Enterprise provides, in ten short chapters, a brilliant account of the ongoing war waged by Europeans against the native peoples of the Americas in the five centuries after Columbus arrived. Ranging from the Spanish conquest to the colonization of North America, from the seizure of land from the native inhabitants to present-day military interventions, Koning’s provocative and readable history provides students with a different perspective on U.S. history and a framework for understanding U.S. policy toward indigenous and foreign peoples. … | more |

Empire of Chaos

Empire of Chaos

The poor and forgotten nations of the world can blame their downward spiral on an emerging world order that Samir Amin in this brilliant essay calls the “empire of chaos.” Comprised of the United States, Japan, and Germany, and backed by a weakened USSR and the comprador classes of the third world, this is an empire that will stop at nothing in its campaign to protect and expand its capitalist markets. … | more |

The Intellectual Roots of Independence

The Intellectual Roots of Independence

An Anthology of Puerto Rican Political Essays

Explores the impact of colonial domination and defends Puerto Rican anti-imperial struggles.… | more |

Dependent Accumulation and Underdevelopment

Dependent Accumulation and Underdevelopment

Why, while Europe, North America, and Australia have developed, have Africa, much of Asia, and Latin America remained underdeveloped? Andre Gunder Frank sets out to answer this basic question by showing how world capital accumulation has led to the differentiation of these regions within the single world-embracing economic system. Unequal exchange between regions, combined with the differential transformation of productive, social, and political relations within regions, has led to the capitalist development of some areas and to the underdevelopment of others.… | more |

Imperialism: From the Colonial Age to the Present

Imperialism: From the Colonial Age to the Present

From the Colonial Age to the Present

This volume contains a series of essays aimed at illuminating the theory, history, and roots of imperialism, which extend the analysis developed in Madgoff’s The Age of Imperialism 1978. See The Age of Imperialism… | more |

World Accumulation, 1492-1789

World Accumulation, 1492-1789

Most of Andre Gunder Frank’s early work on the nature of underdevelopment focused on one region: Latin America. Here he broadened his canvas and traced the world-wide effects of the process of capital accumulation from the period just prior to the discovery of America to the industrial and French revolutions. It is Frank’s thesis that “the world has experienced a single all-embracing, albeit unequal and uneven, process of capital accumulation centered in Western Europe,” which has been capitalist for at least two centuries.… | more |

Our America

Our America

Writings on Latin America and the Struggle for Cuban Independence

Presents the celebrated Cuban revolutionary’s thoughts on “Nuestra America,” the Latin American Martí fought to make free.… | more |

Our Great Spring Victory

Our Great Spring Victory

An Account of the Liberation of South Vietnam

Chronicles the 1975 offensive of the Vietnam Peoples Army and the uprisings that secured the liberation of South Vietnam. 1977.… | more |

Notes on the Puerto Rican Revolution

Notes on the Puerto Rican Revolution

An Essay on American Dominance and Caribbean Resistance

This essay on Puerto Rico analyzes the deepening crisis in American capitalism and how it inevitably affects Puerto Rico. Essentially, Lewis asks and seeks to answer three questions: What is the nature of Puerto Rican society after a decade of dramatic and traumatic change? What should be the strategy of freedom? What can be, ought to be, the nature of the new Puerto Rican society, once it is released from American rule?… | more |

"I think your book on Christopher Columbus is important. I'm more grateful for that book than any other book I have read in the last couple of years."
—Kurt Vonnegut

Columbus: His Enterprise

Exploding the Myth

Most of us have been taught to think of Christopher Columbus as a single-minded, courageous visionary whose navigational skills led him to “discover” the Americas. In this beautifully written revisionist biography, accessible to people of all ages, Hans Koning gives us the true history of Columbus’ life and voyages.… | more |

Inside the Monster

Inside the Monster

Writings on the United States and American Imperialism

Explores the emergent threat of U.S. imperialism from 1881 to 1895.… | more |

Imperialism and World Economy

Imperialism and World Economy

Bukharin’s 1929 anticipation of the growth of the internationalization of capital.… | more |

The Scalpel, the Sword

The Scalpel, the Sword

The Story of Doctor Norman Bethune

Compelling narrative of Norman Bethune, revolutionary doctor in Mao’s China.… | more |

Open Veins of Latin America

Open Veins of Latin America

Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.… | more |

The Spanish-Cuban-American War and the Birth of American Imperialism

The Spanish-Cuban-American War and the Birth of American Imperialism, Vol. 1

1895-1898

Argues that the Cuban nation was a central protagonist in the conflict — rather than a passive victim of a conflict between great powers.… | more |

The Spanish-Cuban-American War and the Birth of American Imperialism, Vol. 2

The Spanish-Cuban-American War and the Birth of American Imperialism, Vol. 2

1898-1902

This volume covers the imposition of the U.S. domination over Cuba through the Platt Amendment, which marks the beginning of U.S. neocolonialism.… | more |

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