Imperialism and capital’s ”historic mission”

In classical marxism, one of capitalism’s ”historic missions” was to go forth into the colonized world and to break apart pre-capitalist relations, and so spread capitalism across the globe.  But in fact, when the colonial era came to an end, the countries emerging from it were still overwhelmingly based on peasant agriculture.  This talk explores why the outcome turned out so differently than the early Marxists had expected.