Until its recent revival the term `imperialism` had virtually disappeared from academic and political discourse. Today, however, the notion of imperialism, particularly regarding the aggressive projection of state power by the Bush administration, has been put back on the agenda. It has begun to replace the notion of `globalization` as a framework for grasping worldwide economic, social and political developments. This book explores these events. It looks at the transformations in capitalist development over the past two decades, and the global projection of American power. It assesses the forces of resistance against global neoliberal capitalist development and imperialism, and explores the internal dynamics of the `anti-globalization movement`.
Luciano Vasapollo is professor of economics and statistics at Universita La Sapienza in Rome, and the Universidad de Habana (Cuba) James Petras is Professor of Sociology (retired), Binghamton University, New York. Henry Veltmeyer is Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Preface: The State of the US Nation 1. The Fragrance of Imperialism 2. The Economic Basis of Imperial Power 3. The Centrality of the State in the Empire 4. The US Republic and the Weight of Empire 5. Spoils of Empire: the US in Latin America 6. Dynamics of Empire Building and Imperial Rule 7. Class Dynamics of Inter-Imperialist Competition 8. Dynamics of Inter-Imperialist Competition 9. Russia and China in the New Empire 10. Imperialism as Local Development 11 Bush Goes to War: the Neo cons take over 12. Reflections on Empire and Imperialism