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( Read E-pub ) ⚤ Imperialism: Past and Present Ú After a long hiatus, when it was seemingly banished to the wilderness of esoteric academic debate, imperialism is back as one of the buzzwords of the day In the past decade in particular, scholars, policy makers and political pundits have been using the term with increasing frequency in their commentary on contemporary international relations Many have invoked it as an old specter only to nervously deny its contemporary applicability Meanwhile, the term has continued to be applied to a diverse range of economic, political, cultural and linguistic phenomena The sudden popularity of the term has created confusion about what it means and why we should care about it Regardless of whether it is used as an invective or an ideal, imperialism has turned into an all encompassing buzzword that many use, though few can really define Imperialism Past and Present seeks to clarify the prevailing confusion and provide a clear, concise account of imperialism, as well as to introduce readers to the fundamental logic, as well as the complex manifestations of imperialism It also aims to offer a succinct review and interpretation of the complex experiences that constituted the history of imperialism The authors contend that imperialism remains at the heart of recent events and ongoing processes that define contemporary politics, and they look at the way that it applies in the post Cold War period The key point of this book is that imperialism is not past It is very much present The book is a wonderful source both for understanding twentieth century history and the continuities into the present and for understanding Marxist debates around the concept of imperialism Saccarelli and Varadarajan blow Hardt and Negri s update of Kautsky s ultra imperialism delusion out of the water What we are living in today is the derangement of American imperialism as the objective economic basis for it The key point of this book is that imperialism is not past It is very much present The book is a wonderful source both for understanding twentieth century history and the continuities into the present and for understanding Marxist debates around the concept of imperialism Saccarelli and Varadarajan blow Hardt and Negri s update of Kautsky s ultra imperialism delusion out of the water What we are living in today is the derangement of American imperialism as the objective economic basis for its world domination collapses This makes American imperialismviolent and dangerous, not less Imperialism like it or hate it, understand it or wonder what it really is is brought under the watchful eye of the authors in this fairly specific book, which aims to mix history and international relations together and inform the curious, waiting reader.It is just unfortunate that it failed to gain traction with this reviewer, since the subject is quite interesting on many levels Imperialism as a term is being applied within many economic, political, cultural and linguistic subjects, yet q Imperialism like it or hate it, understand it or wonder what it really is is brought under the watchful eye of the authors in this fairly specific book, which aims to mix history and international relations together and inform the curious, waiting reader.It is just unfortunate that it failed to gain traction with this reviewer, since the subject is quite interesting on many levels Imperialism as a term is being applied within many economic, political, cultural and linguistic subjects, yet quite a few people are confused about what it means and how we should view it or respond to it This book aims to change that and provide a bit of authoritative knowledge infusion at the same time.Unfortunately this is less likely to be a spontaneous something different read for most Even those who may find a benefit or a need to study it probably must to focus unnecessarily hard It is by no means a bad book, yet it just felt a little bit too onerous, laboured and less inviting than it could have been Fortunately the price is not too high as an expensive book that you can possibly struggle to connect to might just lead to resentment and even less reader focus.The central theme of the book is interesting and there are some insights there, so for many it could be worth the additional overhead to extract the knowledge A general reader won t get as much out of it that may be a shame as with some remodelling it could have broader appeal without compromising on its content quality.Otherwise, there is always a local library Imperialism Past and Present, written by Emanuele Saccarelli Latha Varadarajan and published by Oxford University Press ISBN 9780199397891 YYYAutamme.com This was a hard book to get through As I kept reading, I thought about simply DNF ing.Basically, Imperialism Past and Present is, as you can guess, about the history of imperialism around the world The outline is simple and easy to understand What is not understandable is the rest of the book For all I know, this book might be a gem and I might be missing it simply because I didn t understand most of the book The writing wasn t too complicated, but it was boring, which made it complicated This was a hard book to get through As I kept reading, I thought about simply DNF ing.Basically, Imperialism Past and Present is, as you can guess, about the history of imperialism around the world The outline is simple and easy to understand What is not understandable is the rest of the book For all I know, this book might be a gem and I might be missing it simply because I didn t understand most of the book The writing wasn t too complicated, but it was boring, which made it complicated I can say it didn t clarify the prevailing confusion and provide a clear, concise account of imperialism , at least according to me.Overall, I ll go with 2.5 5