Labor and Empire: A Study of the Reaction of British Labor, Mainly as Represented in Parliament to British Imperialism since 1880

Labor and Empire: A Study of the Reaction of British Labor, Mainly as Represented in Parliament to British Imperialism since 1880

Labor and Empire: A Study of the Reaction of British Labor, Mainly as Represented in Parliament to British Imperialism since 1880

Labor and Empire: A Study of the Reaction of British Labor, Mainly as Represented in Parliament to British Imperialism since 1880

Excerpt

This study arose from a desire to answer the question, What has the rising political factor in Great Britain, namely, British labor, done during the last forty years about British imperialism? The question may be formulated in another way; one may ask, Can countries like India, Mexico, and China, the direct victims of modern imperialism, expect better treatment from the political left than from the political right of the several powers?

Imperialism is not a new phenomenon. Every historical age has had one or more countries swayed by the ideal of imperial rule over alien lands and peoples. Nor is it peculiar to any particular form of government. Autocracy, oligarchy, as well as democracy, have all made attempts at empire-building. Even if we qualify "imperialism" with the word "economic," we cannot claim it as especially ours. The stimuli and the fruits of empire-building have always been predominantly economic.

"Economic" is too broad a term to carry any definite characterization. To be exact, the imperialism of the last forty years should be called, not economic imperialism but manufacturer-investor imperialism. This is so, not because modern imperialists are a class apart, but because modern economic life has changed.

The change in economic life, which has given the imperialism of our day its characteristic features, has introduced another significant change in the political life of the western countries. It has created a new class of people who, though politically enfranchised, still earn their living through . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.