Imperialism and capital’s ”historic mission”

Imperialism and capital's "historic mission"

Vivek ChibberZäta

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. 

Vivek Chibber teaches sociology at New York University and is editor of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy. His latest books are The Class Matrix: Social Theory after the Cultural Turn (Harvard 2022) and Confronting Capitalism: How the World Works and How to Change it (Verso, 2022).
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