How Did Hobson Discredited Imperialism

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of imports and exports between Great Britain and her colonies exposes the declining importance of their economic dependence they have on one another. Using four-yearly averages, Hobson shows the sharp, and very consistent, decline Great Britain suffered in exports to, and imports from her colonies between the years 1856 and 1899. Between 1856 and 1859 Great Britain was importing 46.5% of the goods received into her colonies and was in turn enjoying 57.1% of the exports out of the colonies. By the years 1896-1899 however, those numbers had dropped to 32.5% and 34.9% respectfully. Hobson’s economic argument alone discredited imperialism on the basis that it was not a successful practice for nations supporting it for economic gains. Although he had …show more content…

Having no qualms of making enemies, Hobson points the blame directly at those imperialists’ businessmen whom, both at home and abroad exploit the situation at the expense of the average man. “Imperialism, as we see, implies the use of machinery of government by private interests, mainly capitalists, to secure for them economic gains outside their country.” Although Hobson could have, because of the argument he proposed and the extensive research in the first part of his book, discredited Imperialism from a strictly economic standpoint, he decided to attack it further by exposing the contradictions it had concerning its ‘moral’ application. The supposed purpose of imperialism to educate the population through the occupation of their lands and the renege of this proposal in favor of

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