By Oscar orozco



It is important to draw a distinction between the history of thought and the pattern of mundane events. Imperialism is a term closely associated with the revival of enthusiasm for empire in the late nineteenth century; it describes a popular sentiment. Yet it is also a descriptive term, implicated in interpretations of history that accept and proceed to account for an accelerated pace of European expansion around this time. British historians of the second half of the twentieth century therefore readily assumed that the classic theorists of imperialism, who had written between 1900 and 1920, must have been trying to explain a spurt in the growth of colonial empires. This assumption was made without first clarifying whether accelerated growth had in fact been the leading feature of what contemporaries named the New Imperialism of the 1880s, let alone whether this had been what the classic theorists had been primarily concerned with explaining

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Jones, Charles. "Imperialism." History of World Trade Since 1450. Ed. John J. McCusker. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 369-373. World History in Context. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.